NPL Preview: WSW look to extend lead at top of table

Tariq Maia’s sensational last minute winner against Bankstown City last Saturday proved to be a decisive strike with the Wanderers claiming all three points at the death, climbing to outright first on the competition ladder.

KICK-OFF: St George v Western Sydney Wanderers. 7.00pm, Saturday 2 July at St George Stadium
 
The night got better as Sydney FC slumped to a home defeat against Northern Tigers, and with the Sky Blues set to face third-placed Bankstown City at Jensen Park on Sunday the door is open for the Red & Black to extend their lead at the top the evening before when they travel to St George.
 
Having finished last in the 2014 NPL1 and third-bottom in the 2015 NPL 2, if the Saints are to mount a finals stand in this year’s competition a result on Saturday against the Wanderers would be deemed imperative.
 
Only nine rounds left of the PS4 NPL2 campaign remain with St George four points off sixth-place but the side have won two of their last three and scored twelve goals in the process on the back of big wins over North Shore Mariners and Central Coast.
 
Former Central Coast youth squad member Stevan Ilic is one to look out for on Saturday night having netted eight goals this campaign while talented young attacking midfielder and former Saints youth player Bruno Pivato has enjoyed a fine season in the top grade also.
 
The Wanderers cruised to victory over the weekend’s opponents in their Round 5 date at Blacktown Football Park where goals from Liam Youlley, Brenton Fox, Lachlan Scott, Mario Shabow and Tariq Maia led to a 5-0 win.