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1 David Smith 11 May 2017

Photo:  David Smith was limping markedly tonight as he weaved his magic under a full moon at training at KGV Park [PlessPix]

David Smith took Hobart Zebras training for the first time this evening in preparation for Saturday’s away PS4 NPL Tasmania game against sister club Launceston City at Buckby Land Rover Park at 4.30pm.

Romeo Frediani and Sergio Pace had taken training on Tuesday, while tonight, Smith, who is overseeing Zebras training and is Football Federation Victoria's technical director, had Frediani and Jez Kenth as his assistants.

2 Frediani Smith and Kenth 11 May 2017

Photo:  David Smith watches training with Romeo Frediani and Jez Kenth [PlessPix]

This is an important game for Zebras and one they simply must win.

They are in fourth place and 4 points behind Olympia Warriors and Devonport City an d 3 points adrift of third-ranked South Hobart.

Olympia, Devonport and South Hobart are all expected to win, so Zebras must get 3 points to stay in touch with that trio.

Launceston City are experiencing somewhat of a resurgence at the moment and have won their past two matches.

They beat South Hobart 2-1 in the Lakoseljac Cup, which was a shock result, while last weekend in the league they overcame Clarence United 5-0 away at Wentworth Park.

3 Smith addresses players

Photo:  David Smith addresses the Zebras squad at training tonight [PlessPix]

South Hobart should make light work at Lightwood Park of Kingborough Lions United at 2pm on Saturday.

Ben Hamlett returns to the South Hobart line-up after suspension, while Jack Turner made his debut last week and has added a bit of muscle to a young side.

Kingborough Lions badly need points but they are unlikely to get any from this game despite the acquisition of Majok Piok from interstate.

Leaders Olympia Warriors entertain Clarence United at 8pm at Warrior Park on Friday and should win comfortably in front of their own supporters.

New coach Kenny Weston got off to a good start last weekend with a 4-1 away win over Northern Rangers and his influence over the team’s style of play and tactics should soon become evident.

Devonport City host Northern Rangers at Valley Road at 4.30pm on Saturday and the home side should win to stay level on points with Olympia.

PS4 NPL Tasmania Standings (As at 7 May 2017)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Olympia Warriors

8

6

1

1

25

9

19

Devonport City

8

6

1

1

23

11

19

South Hobart

8

6

0

2

31

9

18

Hobart Zebras

8

4

3

1

24

7

15

Northern Rangers

8

1

2

5

8

19

5

Clarence United

8

1

2

5

6

26

5

Kingborough Lions

8

1

2

5

8

32

5

Launceston City

8

1

1

6

10

22

4