State League Two Round Two Preview


Both teams were beaten last week and will be keen to put points on the board before the Easter break.
Hawkesbury coach Gary Lewis said playing the Wanderers would be a good measure of how his team is going, while Wanderers chief Walter Alvarez was prepared for a test and said he should have some more options on his bench this week.
Gazy Lansvale travel to Alec Lamberton Field on Saturday night (7pm) to take on Bathurst ?75. Bathurst coach Mark Rooke was thrilled to see his younger players perform well in a 2-1 win over Hawkesbury last week, and said he knew what to expect from Gazy ? a tough game. Lansvale will have coach Phil Pavela on the sidelines for the first time.
Springwood United welcome Belmore Hercules to Summerhayes Park on Saturday night (7pm). Belmore?s Ernesto Meduri knows his side has to bounce back from their 2-2 draw with Hakoah in round one. ?I must take the points we lost to Hakoah from Springwood,? he said. Springwood coach Errol Warwick Day said he takes every game on its merits and didn?t know what to expect from Belmore.
Hurstville City meet Fairfield Bulls at Belmore Sports Ground on Sunday afternoon (3pm) with Minotaurs boss Peter Sarikakis simply stating, ?Another victim. [Fairfield] have no chance in the world.? Bulls mentor Michael Mamoo, a long-time associate of The General, was looking forward to the clash. ?Their back three from last year looked like the front row of the Wallabies. If he?s got the same boys our side is going to have a field day. But Hurstville already have the trophy, don?t they??
Roosters FC tackle Luddenham United at Mona Park on Sunday afternoon (3pm). Both sides grabbed draws last week and will be going all out to gain maximum points in round two. Luddenham coach Andrew Montgomery said his team would be up to the challenge. ?The boys were gutted after the game and will be keen to get up for a win [over Roosters],? he said.
While the finishing touches are applied to the new synthetic surface at Hensley Athletic Field (making it one of the best football surfaces in Sydney), Hakoah face Prospect United at Wentworth Park on Sunday afternoon (3pm). Hakoah coach Paul Watkins saw this weekend?s fixture as extremely important. ?We need to keep getting points, especially with three players still not available to play,? he said. ?We are a little bit short on staff, so we are definitely looking forward to the Easter break.?
-By Daniel De Nardi