The last time the pair clashed in Matavera, the Napa coached-side struggled to put away a thrashing effort against their hosts and saw the match end in a 1-1 draw. Taylor would love nothing more than to put a dent in the Nikaos’ title charge and improve their sixth place on the table.
Napa, meanwhile, will be desperate to beat Matavera and better their chances of finishing the season in second position.
Nikao have the upper-hand with home-ground advantage, but there’s no reason to predict a win for the side – they’re fast and quick with the ball - but football doesn’t follow reason.
Napa will have to deliver team talk to get the best out of his players today. For Matavera, having failed to overcome bottom seed Titikaveka in their last game, it is imperative they don’t lose here and it may see the side employ a safety-first approach against Nikao.
Today’s showdown will be a test of tactics and strategy, which will make for some massive football action in this weekend’s fixtures. With the knockouts just around the corner, all teams will be desperate to win the final feat of their Round Cup campaign. The Nikao Sokattak vs. Matavera match is scheduled to kick off at 4pm. - CIFA Media
FIXTURES: Today at the Puaikura Field.
Puaikura FC vs Avatiu FC: 12.30pm, Under 14 Girls.
Ref: Amnish Prasad. Assist: Mata Iroa, Graham Viking.
1.30pm , Under 14 Boys. Ref: Noel Mani, Assist: Ngametua Taringa, Graham Viking.
2.30pm , Senior Women. Ref: Mata Iroa. Assist: Lai Gukisuva, Ngametua Taringa.
4.00pm Premier Men. Ref: John Pareanga. Assist: Amnish Prasad, Noel Mani.
At the Nikao Field: Nikao Sokattak FC vs Matavera FC
2.00pm, Under 14 Girls. Ref: Kimiora Makitae. Assist: Amene Urirau, Warren Ngamata.
3.00pm. Under 14 Boys. Ref: Kimiora Makitae Assist: Amene Urirau, Warren Ngamata.
4.00pm Premier Men. Ref: Tupou Patia. Assist: Robert Savage, Maara Kaukura.