Friday, August 14, 2009

Inter-suburban clash in Division One this weekend

The match between fourth-placed Nelson Eastern Suburbs and fifth-ranked Northern Suburbs DOSA at North Warrane on Sunday is the only Division One match this weekend.

All the other Division One matches are postponed because of ground closures.

Captain and midfielder Adam Mills in still unavailable for Nelson because of a knee ligament injury, while Robert Brooke and Lewis Gibbs should return after recovering from illness.

Tom Gordon, who scored his first league goal for the club last weekend, will captain the side.

Midfielder Natsuki Futumura will play his last game of the season as he is heading back to Japan next week.

“We played a well-controlled and organised game last week against Taroona, but unfortunately lost the match in the last few minutes and had nothing to show for it,” said Nelson coach, Michael Roach.

“We need to regroup and approach this game with the same intensity.

“The team has been playing pretty well over the last month and our young goalkeeper, Nic De Carpentier, had an excellent game against Taroona in his first match back after a knee injury.

“Craig Stockdale and Tom Gordon also did well.

“Despite continuing injury concerns, we are confident we can get a result this weekend.”

The previous meeting between the sides resulted in a 1-1 draw.

This will be DOSA defender Simon Natoli’s 150th senior game for the club.

Mark Wakefield, David Visentin, Scott MacCrum and Calvin Frith have injury worries, which means 16-year-old Nick Butt may retain his place after a promising display last weekend.

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