Stel­len­bosch stay front-run­ners in NFD race

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - MIKE DE BRUYN

STEL­LEN­BOSCH FC, who top of the log, have won four of six games and drawn the other two which sees them as the only un­beaten team in the Na­tional First Divi­sion a fifth of a way through the sea­son.

Last time out they beat won 1-0 at Mthatha Bucks to main­tain a one-point lead over for­mer PSL out­fit the Univer­sity of Pretoria, who downed Mbombela United 4-1 for their fourth win of the cam­paign.

Stel­len­bosch, who con­tested last sea­son’s pro­mo­tion playoffs, sit on 14 points from a pos­si­ble 18, while their near­est ri­vals are on 13.

Mbombela and Bucks share third spot, four points off the pace.

Cape Town-based All Stars were as high as sec­ond be­fore los­ing their un­beaten record to Stel­len­bosch, which saw them drop five places.

They are now down to eighth af­ter a 1-1 home draw with Black Leop­ards.

As for the Cape’s third NFD side, the news is not good for Ubun­thu Cape Town, who are win­less from six starts and at the foot of the 16-team stand­ings.

Four stale­mates and two losses give them four points.

Com­plet­ing the bot­tom three are Richards Bay (four points) and Uthon­gathi FC (five).

A two-week break ends next week­end and Stel­len­bosch will tackle Richards Bay at Athlone.

It should be an easy Sun­day af­ter­noon and three more points for the fron­trun­ners.

All Stars are in ac­tion at the same venue on Fri­day, en­ter­tain­ing for­mer PSL side Jomo Cos­mos.

A chal­leng­ing fix­ture for the hosts against a ri­val two places above them on the log but com­ing off a dis­ap­point­ing 1-1 draw at home to Uthon­gathi.

Ubuntu Cape Town will be des­per­ate for max­i­mum points when wel­com­ing Mbombela to Athlone Sta­dium to­day.

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