Hamilton Olympic into top four with win over Maitland

Hamilton moved into fourth place on the Northern NSW National Premier League table with a 2-0 win over Maitland in their round four catch-up game at Cooks Square Park on Wednesday night.

Kane Goodchild

Kane Goodchild

Olympic went ahead in the 18th minute when Kane Goodchild finished a runaway, one-on-one chance after a ball from Daniel Bird. Substitute Tommy Spencer then scored from a corner in the 87th minute.

The win moved Hamilton to nine points from five games, equal with Valentine but ahead of them on goal difference. Olympic take on Edgeworth, who sit eighth on five points from four games, on Saturday night in round seven at Jack McLaughlan Oval.

The match was the first for Maitland’s top team on their home pitch this season after a string of washouts caused partly by drainage problems. The Magpies, who host Valentine on Saturday night, have seven points from four games and sit seventh.

Hamilton were missing Leo Bertos because of work commitments, while Maitland were without Andrew Pawiak.

Meanwhile, Hamilton drew Northern League One club Cessnock City and Maitland were given a match against interdistrict team Warners Bay in round four of the Northern NSW Southern Pool FFA Cup on Wednesday. Both NPL clubs were drawn away. Games will be played first week of May.

In other matches, hosts Charlestown and Lambton Jaffas were drawn against each other in the only game featuring two NPL clubs.

Edgeworth, who made the round of 16 in the nationwide knockout last year, host Belmont Swansea. Broadmeadow, Adamstown and Lake Macquarie also drew second-tier clubs. Lake Macquarie travel to Singleton, Adamstown welcome Thornton Redbacks and Broadmeadow host Wallsend.

Weston take on Swansea or Cooks Hills, who clash next Wednesday night. Mayfield United are at home against Newcastle Suns, Kahibah travel to New Lambton and Cardiff City are away to Dudley Redhead. NPL club Valentine gained the bye.

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