Friday, June 5, 2009

Devonport City looking for revenge against Prospect Knights

Devonport City, the second-placed team in the Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League, will be looking for revenge when they visit Harley Parade on Saturday to take on third-placed Prospect Knights.

The Knights thrashed Devonport 6-0 in the first round and the Coastal side is till smarting after that whipping.

Devonport are three points ahead of Knights and one point adrift of leaders Northern Rangers.

Kurt Howard returns to the Devonport line-up, but Simon Wilson will be missing.

“The two strikers will be looking to get on the scoresheet as this is the only team to keep them scoreless in the league,” said Devonport coach, Tom McGinn.

“And, our defence are determined that they will be a lot tighter than last time the two teams met.

“Nathan Gratton at the heart of the defence is looking to keep things very tight.

“Rod Andrews, the veteran goalkeeper, also has some points to prove with him saving Devonport on more than one occasion last week and starting to find some real form now he has settled in.”

Northern Rangers should keep their lead intact with a comfortable home win over seventh-placed Burnie United at the NTCA Ground.

Bottom-side Launceston United appears to have little chance of lifting the gloom that hangs over Birch Avenue when it entertains the visiting Riverside Olympic, who are in fifth place.

The Coastal derby between sixth-placed Ulverstone and fourth-ranked Somerset at the Ulverstone Showgrounds should be a close affair.

Only three points separate the sides and the home side will be keen to catch up with their neighbours on the ladder.

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