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Fighting to ward off relegation

Last updated 05:00 24/07/2013
Papatoetoe v Mt Albert-Ponsonby
Sohael Baslia of Papatoetoe is beaten by Craig Taylor of Mt Albert Ponsonby. Football, NRFL Northern Region Football League 1st Division, Papatoetoe AFC v Mt Albert Ponsonby, Murdoch Park Papatoetoe, Saturday 20th July 2013.

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Western Springs FC are in deep trouble in football's Lotto Northern Premier Women's League after a 4-1 loss to Papatoetoe at Seddon Fields on Sunday.

"The Hoops" effectively have to win all their remaining matches to avoid relegation.

Tammy Creswell-Wells gave Western Springs their lone moment of joy in the match.

They head to Pukekohe on Sunday.

The Junior Ferns are also in action this week with New Zealand's under-20 women's team taking on their Australian counterparts in two central Auckland matches.

The first is on Saturday at Kiwitea St and again on Monday at Seddon Fields with a 2.30pm kick-off on both occasions.

In Lotto Northern League First Division action, Metro arrested their recent slump with a 4-1 defeat of bottom-placed North Force at Albie Turner Field.

Chris Gage scored twice and Peter Wild and Bright Nkrumah once each for Metro, on a day Mt Albert-Ponsonby lost 2-0 at Papatoetoe.

Mt Albert-Ponsonby take on Forrest Hill-Milford United in a vital match towards the bottom of the table at Anderson Park on Saturday, while Metro travel to promotion-chasing Ngaruawahia United.

Western Springs continue to make all the right noises in the Lotto Northern League Second Division with their latest effort particularly impressive.

They mauled Manukau City 10-0 at Seddon Fields, despite being a man down for more than half of the game after George Debenham was sent off.

Nicolai Berry led the way with four goals for "The Hoops".

Liam Mulrooney, two-goal marksman Luke Petrie, Sam Burfoot, Ian Sellar and Frank Turner were also on target, the last-mentioned from the penalty spot.

This Saturday, Western Springs entertain Claudelands Rovers.

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