Will the Champions stop the APIA Leichhardt in round four of NPL NSW Women’s action this week?
Sydney University v APIA Leichhardt
All eyes will be on Arlington Oval on Sunday afternoon as the Champions host the new girls in the match of the round.
Uni are undefeated so far this campaign, dropping a couple points only against Sydney Olympic.
They haven’t been as effective in front of goal this season and Julie Anne Russell has had to take the goal scoring burden upon herself after the departure of Cortnee Vine.
Finding the back of the net for APIA? No problems! 13 goals in only three games has the newly promoted side flying.
They’re looking to make a statement in their inaugural season in the top flight and what a way to make it should they knock off the Champions.
Blacktown Spartans v Manly United
At Blacktown Football Park, Manly United travel west to face off against the Blacktown Spartans.
The Spartans are still probably thinking how they got absolutely nothing from their clash against the Rams on Sunday.
They’ll need to put that behind them and pick up all three points in what’s already becoming a must win game.
Manly dropped points for the first time in 2020 on Sunday, held to a scoreless draw.
A tough away trip is expected for them but they’ll be gunning for all three points as they look to cement a top four position.
Bankstown City v Sydney Olympic
Bankstown City welcome Sydney Olympic on Sunday to Jensen Park.
Not the season Bankstown had in mind but they’ll need to improve, in particular in the second 45 where it seems they have fallen in all three games so far.
Olympic almost threw away three points on Sunday but managed to save the victory with a late goal.
A quality team across the park, they’ll fancy their chances come Sunday.
Emerging Jets v Northern Tigers – POSTPONED
The Northern Tigers travel north to take on the Emerging Jets at lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility.
It’s been an improved three rounds for the Jets and they’ve showed they won’t be easy pushovers for anyone this season.
Only one win in three isn’t what Jason Eagar was expecting from his side.
They’ll need a response on Sunday or they could start falling behind in this sprint.
FNSW Institute v Illawarra Stingrays
At VSP on Sunday, the FNSW Institute face off against the Illawarra Stingrays.
The Institute recorded their first win of the campaign last week and will come into this week full of confidence.
It’s definitely a must win for the Stingrays on Sunday.
They’ve been somewhat unlucky in all three of their matches but cannot afford to not take all three points home back down the coast on Sunday.
NWS Koalas v Macarthur Rams
Macarthur Rams travel to Christie Park on Sunday to take on the NWS Koalas.
The Koalas couldn’t back up their big round two win on Sunday going down against the Institute.
A victory could see them leapfrog the Rams on the ladder and keep them within touching distance of the four.
It’s been a good start for the Rams so far and a point here away from home would be massive.
Just outside the four, any points here would keep them right in the finals mix.
By – Nikola Pozder, NPL NSW Women’s Writer