- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 29 April 2011
Hobart United will be seeking to stay top of the League One ladder when they travel to the Athletic Centre on Saturday for a 2.30pm showdown with second-last DOSA.
DOSA coach Saleh Bintalib began his coaching career with Hobart United so it will be a nostalgic and emotional occasion for him.
“Hobart United are difficult to beat on any day,” said Bintalib.
“They are a technically gifted side and are premiership material.
“There won’t be many changes to our side as we still are missing a number of players because of injury.
“Nevertheless, we look forward to a good outing against the league favourites.”
Hobart United coach, Aubert Ruzigandekwe is not taking anything for granted.
“We are aware that DOSA play their best soccer when we play against them,” said Ruzigandekwe. “Tomorrow should be an interesting game.
“We have Akuel Guot back from Tilford Zebras and he played his first game two weeks ago against Southern FC and scored two goals, so he is a useful asset to our team.”
University, in second place only on goal-difference, are away to bottom-side Southern FC at Sherburd Park tomorrow at 2.30pm and the Students must be hot favourites to win.
The remaining match of the round is at North Warrane at 2.30pm on Saturday where Nelson Eastern Suburbs take on Metro.
Allister Jackson-Knaggs retains his spot in goal for Nelson, while midfielder Pat Lenck and defender Troy Hoppitt return to the side.
Striker-cum-midfielder Andrew Gaskell is a likely starter after he sat out last weekend’s game because of a leg injury.
Tom Roberts, a midfielder from the under-19s, is on standy to make his debut should Gaskell not be fit.
Nathan Mills is unavailable, while Ethan and Jordan Brighella will join keeper Ollie Burdon on the substitutes’ bench.
Metro will have Nathan Grandin in goal, but Daniel Brown is a doubtful starter because of an ankle injury.
Kye McQueen is also in doubt because of a calf strain.
“Nelson have been very unlucky this year, really only losing league games by the odd goal,” said Metro coach, Matthew Rhodes.
“It’s been a pretty soul-searching week for us as a club with the players disappointed in our performance in the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy State-wide competition last weekend against Taroona.
“Quite a few players need to lift their performance if they are to keep their place in the side.”