Western Springs set for big match
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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