THE Northern NSW National Premier League big guns passed their first test of the FFA Cup as New Lambton edged out fellow Northern League One club Kahibah 2-1 at Alder Park on Tuesday night.
A Zane Hand header in the 74th minute proved the difference for the Andrew Packer-coached New Lambton. Dave Hodgson scored for Kahibah and Luke Jovcevski netted the Eagles’ other goal with a long-range strike in the round four NNSW southern conference match.
Kale Bradbery provided a highlight among the NPL clubs, scoring a hat-trick for Broadmeadow as they defeated second-tier Wallsend 8-0 at Magic Park. James Virgili, Lawrence Foteff, Josh Piddington, Scott Pettit and Luke Virgili also scored for Broadmeadow.
NPL club Maitland had no trouble against Warners Bay, who play in the third tier of NNSW football, at John Street Oval, cruising to an 8-1 win. Ben Martin, Zac Hill, Jye McKellar, Ryan Broadley, Shane Cansdell-Sherriff and Matt Sokulsky were other scorers for the Magpies.
At Jack McLaughlan Oval, Daniel McBreen scored a treble for Edgeworth in his return from suspension as the Eagles beat second-tier Belmont Swansea 9-0. Keigo Moriyasu and Will Bower scored twice each and Aden Gardner also got on the scoresheet for Edgeworth, who made it to the round of 16 last year in a best-ever showing from a NNSW club in the nationwide knockout.
Hamilton defeated second-tier Cessnock City 5-0 at Turner Park with a double from Tom Carias-Cox and goals to Kane Goodchild, Tom Stewart and Luke Vallone.
On Wednesday night, an injury-hit Adamstown take on Northern League One side Thornton at Adamstown Oval. Rosebud coach Peter McGuinness said keeper Paul Bitz, Dayne Pawlik, Chris Berlin, Mitchell Harper, Owen Littlewood and Charlie Horsley were under an injury cloud after the 3-1 NPL loss to Lambton Jaffas.
In other games, Dudley Redhead take on Cardiff City at Lydon Oval, Singleton host Lake Macquarie at Howe Park, Charlestown clash with Jaffas at Lisle Carr Oval, Mayfield United meet Newcastle Suns at Mayfield Park and Weston welcome Cooks Hill.