We have well and truly settled into this season’s edition of the National Premier Leagues 3 NSW Men’s competition as we set our sights on round 6.
The weekend’s fixtures will kick off at the slightly earlier time of 6:30pm when Central Coast United FC make the trip down to Jensen Park for the second week running to take on Bankstown United FC.
Stu Davis’ troops will be hoping for better this time around after they were outdone 3-2 against City last time out.
Their unbeaten record was thrown out the window however they still sit in a respectable fifth position.
Meanwhile, their hosts occupy seventh but they are still unbeaten following their 1-1 stalemate at Inter.
There will be a top of the table clash taking place at Arlington Oval where Dulwich Hill FC entertain Gladesville Ryde Magic at 7pm.
Both sides have identical records – three wins, one draw, 12 goals scored and five goals conceded.
What will separate them come Sunday? Well, Dully have three men who have scored 10 goals between them while Magic have spread the goals around so far but they do have surprise package in Sergio Tarazona who has three to his name.
It will be a case of third plays fourth when Bankstown City FC visit Lynwood Park to face off against Macarthur Rams FC at 7pm.
Macarthur’s unbeaten record ended at the hands of Rydalmere last round while Bankstown handed down the Pirates first defeat in their meeting last Saturday.
A return to Lynwood could provide a major boost for Jason Breton’s side as they look to return to winning ways.
Inter Lions FC will be aiming to capitalise on Dunbar Rovers’ woeful run of form when they meet at Majors Bay Reserve at 7pm on Saturday.
That being said, Inter sit just above Dunbar in 10th spot however they showed extremely positive signs in their stalemate with United.
Dunbar on the other hand lacked the cutting edge and were made to pay by an extremely organised Uni outfit who dispatched of them 3-0.
The first 30 minutes of this encounter could prove to be telling, whoever scores first might just run away with it.
Making our way to Rydalmere Park where Inner West Hawks FC will be gunning for their first points of the season when they face off against Rydalmere Lions at 7pm.
Rydalmere’s season finally kicked into gear last weekend when they saw off the Rams 4-2. There was plenty to cheer as Tom Gittany scored his first Lions goal while Matt West added a fourth to his growing collection.
Last week’s derby defeat against Dully showed some promising signs with captain Peter Yannopoulos scoring his second of the season.
However, their defence will have to be switched on if they want to avoid a possible blowout.
Sydney University SFC will be brimming with confidence this Saturday as they head to the Crest Athletic Centre to do battle against Canterbury Bankstown FC with kick off set for 7pm.
The ‘students’ showed just how dangerous they can be as they put three past Dunbar without reply.
Peter Crevani has been an inspired addition to Louie Cordwell’s side with four goals in as many matches since joining the club from Dully.
Finishing has been the main area of concern for Wally Savor’s side who have been forced to settle for a share of the points in their last three fixtures despite dominating for large periods in each of those games.
If the home side can start profiting on those chances then they may be able to hold on to post their first win of the campaign.
-By NPL 3 NSW Men’s Chief Writer Samuel Greco Schwartz (Twitter handle: @SamuelGS97)