WPL: Warners Bay take on Merewether for minor premiership

IMPACT: Warners Bay captain Nadja Squires has returned from a month out to boost the defending Herald Women's Premier League champions. Picture: Renee Valentine
IMPACT: Warners Bay captain Nadja Squires has returned from a month out to boost the defending Herald Women's Premier League champions. Picture: Renee Valentine

Finals football comes early this weekend when Warners Bay aim to secure the Herald Women’s Premier League minor premiership in their top-of-the-table battle with Merewether.

The two sides meet at Myamblah Oval in round 19 on Sunday. They have played twice this season – United won 2-1 in round five and Warners Bay got up 1-0 in round 12.

Warners Bay hold a seven-point lead over second-placed Merewether after beating Adamstown 4-0 in a rescheduled match on Thursday night.

United still have four games to play before the end of the season proper while the Bay have two. It means Warners Bay will be uncatchable if they win on Sunday.

“The bottom line is we’ve got to win,” Warners Bay player-coach Cassidy Davis said. “We know we can beat them. Football-wise we’ll be fine but we’ve got to win the one-v-one battles because they’re a strong, physical side.”

United coach Cassie Koppen said they “need to treat every game now as a final”.

South Wallsend, fifth, need to take maximum points against Thornton, last, at Walker Fields to stay in the hunt for fourth spot. Sixth-placed Wallsend host fourth-placed Mid North Coast at The Gardens.