Friday, June 12, 2009

Rangers face tough match at NTCA

Northern Rangers face a tough test at home against third-placed Prospect Knights at 6.30pm at the NTCA Ground on Saturday in the Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League.

Rangers are 4 points clear at the top from second-placed Devonport City and third-placed Knights.

Knights coach Dane Hudson appeared quite blasé about his team’s chances going into this match.

“This week gives us an opportunity again to compete with a top-of-the-table team and see where we are in the scheme of things,” Hudson said.

“I’m not sure of their ins and outs, so I will have to wait to see the team sheet Saturday to see their line-up.

“But, like us, I’m sure they will have 11 players.

“We will, as always, be playing to win and I’m sure Roslan [Saad] will have the same mindset.

“May the best team win.”

Devonport City visit Windsor Park in Launceston to take on fifth-placed Riverside Olympic.

Devonport City thrashed Olympic 6-0 in the first round and appear to have the measure of the Launceston-based outfit, although it may not be as one-sided this time.

Sixth-placed Ulverstone host second Launceston City at the Showgrounds on Saturday and the Reds should be too good for the visitors.

Both sides are very young and this should make for an entertaining and spirited clash.

The temperature should rise along the Coast when fourth-placed Somerset entertains local rivals Burnie United, who are in seventh place, in what is always a keenly contested derby.

Burnie won the first-round meeting 4-2 at Montello, but current form indicates the Sharks should gain their revenge.

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