Springs women enjoy scoring spree
There were goals galore in the Northern Women’s Premier Football League on Saturday.
Western Springs came out well on top at Fred Taylor Park, overcoming Waitakere City 6-1.
The visitors found them- selves ahead 4-0 in the first 15 minutes, thanks to goals from Jamie Hackett, Leanne Tiffen, Annabelle Bramwell and Jesse Verdon.
Further goals by Hackett and Tiffen extended Springs’ lead, while Tania Oldfield slotted a consolation goal for Waitakere.
The win leaves Western Springs three points clear of Lynn-Avon, who came from behind to destroy Eastern Suburbs 8-1 at Madills Farm.
And across town at Keith Hay Park, Three Kings United drew 2-2 with Glenfield Rovers.
Rovers got off to the perfect start, scoring after 18 seconds through Caitlin Campbell and doubled their advantage in the 66th minute thanks to Lisa Kemp.
But Three Kings weren’t to be denied, scoring two goals in four minutes.
Merissa Smith netted their first in the 78th minute, while Lauren Murray sent the second home soon after to earn the reigning champs a share of the spoils.
This Sunday Western Springs face Lynn-Avon in the semifinal of the National Women’s Knockout Cup from 1pm at Seddon Fields.
The winner will either play central region champions Seatoun or Christchurchbased Western. A tough run home is making life difficult for the Mt Albert Lions league side in the Fox Memorial series.
The Lions are second-equal with one round to play before the finals, following a 24-24 draw with East Coast Bays on Saturday.
And on top of that, they face the number-one ranked Otahuhu side this weekend.
Otahuhu remain unbeaten since the top eight teams were decided in July.
If the Lions lose, they’ll be relying on Northcote to upset East Coast Bays to secure second spot. Finishing in the top two gives teams more lives during the four-week finals series, which is similar NRL’s system.
Mt Albert suffered their first loss of the season two weeks ago against Glenora.
In other Fox action Marist are set to finish in the lower half of the top eight after going down to Glenora 8-4.
And in the second-tier Sharman Cup competition, former leaders Richmond lost to Howick 30-4.
Meanwhile, Ponsonby took out Pakuranga 26-18, while Bay Roskill drew with Manurewa 26-26.
In the Fox Memorial this Saturday, Mt Albert play Otahuhu at Bert Henham Park and Marist visit Te Atatu at Jack Colvin Park.
In the Sharman Cup Bay Roskill lock horns with Howick at Blockhouse Bay Reserve, Richmond host Ellerslie at Grey Lynn Park and Ponsonby face Mangere East at Walter Massey Park.
All matches start 2.30pm.