|Champions Derwent United again to have throttle on idle|
|Written by Walter Pless | Friday, 24 August 2012 12:36|
Second-placed Southern League One side Beachside may be able to edge a little bit closer to champions Derwent United this weekend by beating second-last Nelson Eastern Suburbs away at North Warrane at 2.30pm on Saturday.
Beachside are on the lookout for a new senior coach after Brett Pullen has decided to concentrate on the club’s junior sides next season.
Beachside currently trail Derwent United by 10 points and may close the gap, even though Derwent have been confirmed as the champions.
[Anyone interested in being senior coach at Beachside next season should contact club president John Brierley on 0418 121 554.]
Nelson will have Matthew Fone back and he will replace Troy Hoppitt.
There are no other changes to the side that lost to Hobart United last weekend.
“We are expecting yet another close match versus Beachside this week after a disappointing loss last week versus Hobart United in a game we should have wrapped up on the chances we had in both halves, but had to walk away without even a point after missing a last-minute penalty,” said Nelson coach, Michael Roach.
“Our weakness has been scoring goals all season and if we can score a couple of goals at home this week, we should be able to walk away with a win.”
Derwent are expected to field another under-strength side at home against Metro at Weiley Park at 2.30pm on Saturday.
They are reported to be treating this game as a chance to expand their depth by promoting young players in readiness for next year’s Premier League.
Metro will have a full squad with the return of Darrin Chaffey from interstate and David McGuinness from a 4-week suspension and two weeks in which he was unavailable.
With Taroona having the bye, the remaining match is at Pontville at 2.30pm on Saturday when the home team, Hobart United, takes on Southern FC.
Southern, who are fifth and just a point behind fourth-placed Hobart United, will make a couple of changes.
Colin Hughes and Sam Laning will be absent because of work commitments, which means Scott Pepper, Isaac Gwolo and Ian Trotter come into the senior squad.
“The players are looking to finish the season with positive results after squandering leads in the last two games,” said Southern FC coach, Mike Trotter.
“We’re looking to putting in a solid 90-minute performance.”
SOUTHERN LEAGUE ONE (As at 19 August 2012)
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