State League Two Round 5 Preview


Prospect have started to find their feet and remain one of three clubs undefeated after four games, while Bathurst has been a little inconsistent for coach Mark Rooke?s liking. But taking on Bathurst at home is like sailing around the world as a teenager ? difficult, but not impossible.
Hawkesbury City host high-flyers Roosters FC at Benson Lane Field on Saturday evening (5pm).
Despite the Roosters great start to the year, coach Juan Ortiz does not expect an easy game. ?We want to go there and get three points, but it?s always a hard trip to Hawkesbury,? he said. City are yet to win a game but have shown plenty of promise in some hard-fought encounters, however, they will need to lift to trouble the Roosters this weekend.
Springwood United welcome heavyweights Hurstville City Minotaurs to Summerhayes Park on Saturday night (7pm). Hurstville hit a speed hump in their 1-1 draw with Roosters last week and will be keen to return to the winners circle with a dominant display over Springwood. United coach Errol Warwick-Day has some injury problems up in the mountains, but knows his side is capable of delivering against the stronger clubs. This should be a great game to watch.
On Sunday afternoon, Wanderers meet Belmore Hercules at Knight Park (3pm kick-off). Wanderers have not been beaten since their opening round loss to league leaders Hurstville, while Belmore are still hunting their first victory of the season. This makes for an entertaining fixture this weekend. Defence could be the key, however, as Wanderers have leaked nine goals in four games and won?t be able to afford Hercules similar liberties.
Fairfield Bulls play winless Hakoah at Knight Park on Sunday afternoon (3pm), but they know it will be no pushover affair. Fairfield are coming the goods at the moment and have given coach Michael Mamoo plenty to smile about following back-to-back victories, but they play a Hakoah club drenched in football experience. The main priority for coach Paul Watkins will be to see someone fire up in front of goals after a return of just four goals in the opening rounds.
Luddenham United tackle Gazy Lansvale at Luddenham Oval on Sunday afternoon (3pm). Luddenham stunned Hawkesbury with a first-half onslaught last weekend and will be keen to keep their momentum going against Gazy. Lansvale have been a little careless over the past fortnight and coach Phil Pavela will want them on guard against Luddenham from the opening whistle. Of main concern for United will be the 11 goals they have conceded in just four games to date.
-By Daniel De Nardi