Eastern in the frontseat
Catch us if you can.
That’s the message Eastern Suburbs are sending to reigning Northern Premier League football champions Central United.
Eastern Suburbs defeated Lynn-Avon United 2-0 at Madills Farm on Saturday.
But the leaders have played three more games than Central because of Chatham Cup commitments and an abandoned match.
Hat-tricks from David Richmond and Milos Nikolic supplemented by a Grant Young goal helped Central to a 7-0 victory against Mt Albert-Ponsonby at Kiwitea St on Sunday.
The result puts the gap between Central and Eastern Suburbs at just four points.
In other action Metro and Melville United battled out a scoreless first half, while producing a barrage of goals in the second spell to draw 4-4 at Albie Turner Field.
There was another goalfest at Porritt Stadium, where Onehunga Sports proved too strong for Hamilton Wanderers, overcoming the Waikato men 4-3.
And Bay Olympic nudged Three Kings United closer to relegation by downing the bottom-placed team 2-1 at Olympic Park.
Saturday’s first division action saw Ellerslie score the biggest win of the day taking out Onehunga-Mangere United 4-0 at Mangere Domain, while Western Springs secured a 1-0 win against Papakura City.
This week’s competition starts early with an encounter tonight between Eastern Suburbs and Central at Albie Turner Field at 7pm.
A full round of action then takes place on Saturday with Central travelling to Waikaraka Park to face Onehunga Sports.
Lynn-Avon entertain Hamilton, Bay Olympic make the trek to Tauranga, Mt AlbertPonsonby welcome Papatoetoe to Anderson Park and Three Kings lock horns with Metro at Keith Hay Park.
In first division, Western Springs clash with table-topping Ngaruawahia United at Seddon Fields, while Onehunga-Mangere travel to Waiuku.
In women’s action, Three Kings United are at home to Waitakere City at Keith Hay Park on Sunday. The Mt Albert rugby league side’s five-month unbeaten run came to an end on Saturday after going down 104 to Glenora.
But Mt Albert coach Brent Gemmell says he isn’t too concerned with the loss.
“We’ve played worse games this year and got a result.
“It’s a good time to lose one. I’d rather lose one now than in the play-offs,” Gemmell says.
His side had managed to get through the grading round unbeaten, and until the match against Glenora had racked up three wins in the Fox Memorial premiership.