The Northern Premier League has come down to the final round with Northern Rangers needing a win against Somerset to take the title and Ulverstone praying for an upset to keep it on top.
Rangers coach Peter McBeath is confident of bouncing back from last week’s 4-3 loss and getting a home win.
Goalkeeper Marshall Pooley will replace teenager Alex Bligh, and Agele Luate will start in place of Pat Lanau-Atkinson, who is injured.
Somerset coach John Wheeler said the Sharks would be without Ryan Liston and Justin Noonan while Danny Eaves, Ross Smith and Alex Duggan come into the side.
Devonport’s chance of overcoming Ulverstone’s goal difference is unrealistic, which means the best it can hope for is a Somerset win to secure a home final if it beats Riverside Olympic.
Coach Chris McKenna said midfielder Jesse Curran returned for his first senior start for the second half of the season and would replace Bradley Chilcott, who was interstate. Nat Cochrane is also back in the team and replaces Grant Ashdown.
Olympic coach Troy Scott said his side would remain in the top four with a win. Defender John O’Neill comes back at the expense of Matt Chapman.
The winner of the Prospect Knights and Launceston City derby can jump into the top four if Riverside loses.
Chris Pickering, Sean Harris and Andy Compagne are back in the squad but Sam Cocks and Anton La Palombara are out, as is Mark Baker, who was sent off last week.
City coach Lino Sciulli said a top-four finish had been the club’s goal this season. Sam Cocker will start his first senior game of the year and Mitchell Dent is back from injury, while Kemouh Tamba and Nick Goodwin are unavailable.
Launceston United will finish its most successful season in several years against Burnie United.
Launceston coach Mark Egan said the team was proud of its season after finishing bottom for the past few years.
Shannon Rumbel is suspended and will be replaced by reserves keeper Pat Farrell, while Jess McNeil comes back into the side in place of Brendan Daley.
Burnie coach Tony Cocker said the club was going to enjoy its last bus trip of the year and hopefully get a result.
Malcolm Walters is out with injured ankle ligaments and Adrian Scolyer is overseas. The two will be replaced by Dominic Colbert and Adrian Scolyer respectively.
6pt UNIV INTO HELIOS; Starts in UNIV, breakback goes to helios, loops on breakbacks.TODAY’S GAMES – Northern Rangers v Somerset at NTCA ground; Devonport City v Riverside Olympic at Valley Road; Prospect Knights v Launceston City at Prospect Park; Launceston United v Burnie United ar Birch Avenue; Bye: Ulverstone.
Somerset’s Danny Eaves returns to the side for today’s vital clash against Northern Rangers. A Rangers win will seal the title for the Launceston side.
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