Western Springs pull clear on points table
Western Springs have stormed five points clear at the top of the Lotto Northern League First Division.
Goals from player-coach Neil Emblen and Nicolai Berry secured a 2-1 win for Western Springs over fourth-placed Hibiscus Coast which puts them on course for a promotion to the premier league.
Mt Albert-Ponsonby had a good win over Melville United 3-1 at Gower Park while Metro lost 2-1 at North Shore United.
In Lotto Northern Premier League action, the title hopes of both Bay Olympic and One- hunga Sports were effectively ended by defeats on Saturday.
Onehunga went down 2-1 at league leaders Glenfield Rovers, despite Cameron Lindsay giving them the lead 10 minutes into the second half.
Bay Olympic were upset 3-2 by Waitakere City, despite the best efforts of Darren White and Colin Gardyne to secure victory for the second-placed side.
The clash between Central United and Three Kings United was deferred until Tuesday evening at the Croatian Cultural Society, after the Kiwitea St pitch was declared too waterlogged for play on Sunday.
Lynn-Avon United bounced back to winning ways in the Lotto Northern Premier Women’s League, Jade Parris scoring in each half as they eclipsed Papatoetoe 2-0.
Western Springs went down 2-1 to reigning champions Eastern Suburbs at Seddon Fields despite Penny Chapman firing them in front in the first half.
Three Kings have been granted dispensation for three games, with Jasmine Pereira, Martine Puketapu and Belinda Van Noorden all on duty with the Junior Ferns at the Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup Finals in Canada. Western Springs are the only local women’s team in action on Sunday. They head to Hamilton to take on Claudelands Rovers.
In Lotto Northern League Second Division action, goals in each half from Thomas Hahn and Colin Foster earned LynnAvon United a 2-0 win over North Force to leave the victors all but certain of staying up this season.
Onehunga-Mangere United aided their neighbours’ cause somewhat by holding bottomplaced Warkworth to a 1-1 draw, with Shravan Sharma scoring for OMU at Mangere Domain.
On Saturday, OMU head to Albany United, while Waiuku is Lynn-Avon’s destination.