WPL: Wallsend missing key personnel for top-four Herald Women’s Premier League match with leaders Warners Bay

KEY: Rhali Dobson, right, was away when Merewether last played New Lambton but is back for round two.Wallsend coach Marc Hingston admittedthey willbe“up against it” when they play Warners Bay in one of two top-four clashes in Herald Women’s Premier League on Sunday.

The Red Devils are in fourth position as they travel to John Street Oval to take on ladder leaders Warners Bay.

Second-placed Merewether host third-placed New Lambton at Myamblah Oval in the other highly anticipated round-12 encounter this weekend.

The Red Devils are still reeling from the news on Tuesday that strike weapon Sass Seaborn had left theclub to join South Wallsend.

Wallsend are also expected to be without leading scorer and senior player Laura Hall, who was forced from the field in their 2-0 loss to Adamstown last round with a head injury.

Midfielder Georgia Minors is out with a hamstring injury and versatile Rose O’Connor is doubtful with a hamstring complaint of her own. Defensive midfielder Britney Duff, who has had impact the past two matches, is unavailable.

It is a game in which the Red Devils need to take points to keep the chasing pack at bay. They have 13 points, three clear of fifth-placed Adamstown and four ahead of the Wolves in sixth.

Depending on results this weekend, Wallsend could be overhauled in round 13 when they have the no-points bye.

Meanwhile, Warners Bay will be out for a strong performance ahead of their top-of-table clash with defending champions Merewether in round 13 with only three points separating the two sides at the moment.

United coach Cass Koppen was expecting a tough encounter with the Eagles.

Last time they met wasa 1-1 draw. That day, Merewether were without key players Rhali Dobson and Leah Giuffre but Koppen expected to be full strength Sunday.

“It’s a big game for us,” Koppen said. “Anything less than a win could potentially knock us off equal points with Warners Bay, who we play the following round and they still have the bye to come.

“We’re expecting a hard game. They are only one of two teams who have taken points off us this year and they had a big win over Warners Bay.”

The match will be the first for New Lambton since they lost 6-5 to South Wallsend in round 10.

They were without the experience of Joey Burgess and Stacey Day against the Wolves but both will be back on deck this weekend.

South Wallsend host winless Thornton in the other match at Walker Fields.

All games kick off at 2.30pm. Adamstown have the bye.

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