Strikers face Pom, Stars eye Komara


After playing eight matches in the Kumul Petroleum National Soccer League Southern Conference, the Southern Strikers have recorded only one win and are hoping to secure their second tomorrow.
The Strikers will be going up against the second-placed Port Moresby United at the Sir John Guise Stadium.
Strikers manager Gordon Manub said they started the season on high a note with a win in the first round, only to find themselves suffering a series of losses thereafter.
“The team started the second round with a draw last weekend and we are in high spirits,” Manub said.
“It will be a mountain to climb against one of the form teams in the competition who have a couple of experienced players.
“But we really need a win this weekend and we are prepared to take our chances. As we are at the wrong end of the competition ladder, the players know what is expected of them and we have to deliver.
“Our line-up remains the same except Sylvester Wanim who is down with flu and will not play.”
The last time the two sides met was in round one, with United winning 2-1.
“This time, I think we’re well prepared and we’re definitely looking for payback,” Manub said.
The Strikers are clinging onto seventh spot with five points from a win, two draws and five losses.
Their opponents are second on the ladder with 16 points.
In other the conference matches this weekend, the Eastern Stars will aim to keep their momentum alive against Gulf Komara, Hekari United face strugglers Star Mountain and Bougainville meet Central United.

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