West­ern Springs set for big match

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT - By JU­LIAN RAETHEL

It’s been eight long years since West­ern Springs lifted the ASB Women’s Knock­out Cup.

And the road to the 2015 ti­tle isn’t about to get any eas­ier.

Springs head south for their big­gest match so far this sea­son to take on 2010 knock­out cham­pi­ons Claude­lands Rovers.

West­ern Springs drew last blood, win­ning 2-0 when the sides last met at Sed­don Fields in round three of the NRFL pre­mier league.

That was the com­pe­ti­tion lead­ers’ only loss in an oth­er­wise dom­i­nant sea­son.

A lot of wa­ter has gone un­der the bridge since that meet­ing on April 6.

This week the an­tic­i­pa­tion has been slowly bub­bling away as the Hamil­ton club pre­pares for what’s com­ing.

Springs were in dom­i­nant form against Lynn-Avon United in their NRFL fix­ture at Sed­don Fields on May 24.

The 4-0 rout in­cluded two goals to Re­becca Tegg, with Dayna Manak and Lily-Rose Dyer also get­ting their names on the score sheet.

Claude­lands also con­tin­ued their win­ning ways against Fen­ci­bles, ram­pag­ing to a 10-0 win at River­hills Park.

Claude­lands are back on home turf and coach Alan Witt says Springs should ex­pect some very dif­fer­ent pitch con­di­tions at Gal­loway Park from what they’re used to.

‘‘It will be [boggy]. It’s not the best play­ing sur­face in the North­ern League,’’ Witt says.

‘‘West­ern Springs play­ers should be good enough to adapt to it quickly, but it should give us an early ad­van­tage.’’

The lo­cal fans will also try to make things as un­set­tling as pos­si­ble for the vis­i­tors.

The good news for Springs is Claude­lands will be with­out key cen­tre-back Re­becca Stott, who is on na­tional du­ties with the Foot­ball Ferns.

There are also ques­tion marks around the fit­ness of keeper Jeanette Adams.

How­ever, none of this con­cerns Witt too much. He’s look­ing for­ward to the com­forts of home.

‘‘We as a team travel a lot. For us to have home ad­van­tage, to dis­cuss tac­tics in a more re­laxed at­mos­phere, is an ad­van­tage for us,’’ he says.

Dayna Manak is con­grat­u­lated on her goal for Springs.

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