Auckland Football’s bleak run in the National Women’s League can be put behind it when they take on fellow strugglers Central Football at Riverhills Park on Sunday.
The Aucklanders have endured a torrid time losing all four of their matches this campaign, their playoff hopes extinguished with two games left to play.
While victory would do little other than to halt a poor run of form, the opportunity to win back pride may drive Auckland to their first win of the season albeit in round five.
Coach Tracy Wrigley is wary of a Central Football side that has also struggled and expects an evenly contested clash.
She also believes her team is due a performance of quality that carries through an entire 90 minutes.
“The Central game is going to be keenly contested by both sides as the winner will gain their first points of the league.
“I’m sure Matt and all the players are aware of that and will be doing all they can to put out their best performance.
“The Auckland players will be keen to perform and can’t deny that will be in the back of their minds.
“I’ll be looking for us to put the strong parts of our game into action for the 90 minutes – something we haven’t managed yet.
“If we can finish our scoring opportunities and retain possession throughout the game; we’ll put ourselves in a position to win the match,” she said.
The game kicks off at 2pm on Sunday 13 November at Riverhills Park.
Auckland Football v Central Football
Riverhills Park, Auckland
Sunday 13 November, 2016
Referee: Nadia Browning
AR1: Hilary Osborne
AR2: Beth Rattray
Fourth: Debbie Stevens
Auckland Football Federation
The players: Jess Philpot and Milly McWhirter could make National Women’s League debuts while Hannah Kraakman, Dayna Manak, Emily Cooper miss out. Deven Jackson also comes into contention.
The vital statistics: There are six different scorers for Auckland Football this season with Jacqui Hand, Tessa Leong, Annie Byrne, Hannah Kraakman, Evie Millyn and Maisy Dewell netting one goal each. There has been one own goal.
Squad list: 2. Georgia Martin, 4. Harriet Steele, 5. Leah Mettam, 8. Ally Toailoa, 10. Tessa Leong, 11. Milly McWhirter, 12. Jess Philpot, 13. Deven Jackson, 17. Britney Cunningham-Lee, 18. Maisy Dewell, 20. Annie Byrne, 22. Evie Millynn, 23. Nicole Mettam, 24. Alosi Bloomfield, 25. Isabella Richards, 27. Ashleigh Emery (GK)
Coach: Tracy Wrigley
The players: Former Auckland representative Hannah Robert is the only player to get on the scoresheet for Central Football this season after she netted in her side’s 4-1 loss to WaiBOP Football.
The vital statistics: Three losses in a row and just one goal scored, Central Football come into the match after having a bye in the last round.
Squad list (from): 1. Aoife Gallagher-Forbes, 2. Kate Bennett, 3. Tilly James, 4. Jenna Barry, 5. Aleesha Heywood, 6. Hannah Robert, 7. Mackenzie Barry, 8. Rose Morton, 9. TJ Lyne-Lewis, 10. Aniela Jensen, 11. Emma Crewe, 12. Mkylah Wilson, 13. Amber Phillips, 14. Sophie Crewe, 15. Ella James, 16. Peta Van Hattum, 17. Jaimee Paterson, 18. Molly Woodhead, 19. Gorgi Van Lienen, 20. Brooke Wylie
Coach: Matt Kilsby