National Premier League action returns

BACK IN ACTION: City's Dylan Williams and Northern Rangers' Harry Thannhauser during their teams' State League match earlier this month. Picture: Scott Gelston.

BACK IN ACTION: City's Dylan Williams and Northern Rangers' Harry Thannhauser during their teams' State League match earlier this month. Picture: Scott Gelston.

Northern Rangers coach Lino Sciulli is under no illusions about the difficulty of the task facing his side on Saturday, but believes it is capable of a strong showing.

The club will line up against third-placed South Hobart in front of a home crowd for round 12 of the NPL. 

It may have lost its previous fixture to South Hobart 5-0, but is coming into this weekend’s game on the back of consecutive wins, including a 2-1 victory against cross-town rivals Launceston City in round 11.

Sciulli said his side’s recent form has put it in a good position coming back after the bye.

“South Hobart are an extremely well-coached team, so it is obviously going to be a very tough game for us,” he said.

“We have been training well, and winning two in a row has shown we are capable of beating NPL teams.”

One of the teams they did beat, Launceston City, will be out for its second win of the season when it takes on Kingborough at Prospect.

Nothing separated the sides when they last met back in round one, with scores locked at 1-1 at the final whistle.

City coach Ben Brookfield said there were other factors at play this time around.

“We have a couple of injuries and I definitely wouldn’t expect them to be the same as they were back in round one,” he said.

“We’re pretty refreshed after the long weekend.”

The team may be at the bottom of the ladder, but City have been far from disgraced when playing the top teams, going down 1-0 to ladder leader Devonport in round 10.

Brookfield said his side needed to make more of a mark on the scoreboard if it was going to turn things around.

“We really just need to convert our chances,” he said.

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