NPL 2 Competition Update

The NPL 2 competition has just had another twist this week.

As it started to look as though North Shore were going to pull away in the promotion race, Northern Tigers swept North Shore whilst Western Sydney Wanderers won their 18s and 20s games against Bonnyrigg with 1st grade to play tomorrow night.

Wanderers sit just 9 points behind NSM and a win in first grade will see them take the lead in the promotion race for the first time in months.

With 63 points left for the taking, and 74 points behind Rydalmere, Canterbury Bankstown are confirmed to be relegated.

Macarthur Rams are 54 points behind Rydalmere, so a 9 point swing will see them confirmed as well.

St George FC sit just 6 points behind Rydalmere, and go into the final 3 weeks fighting for survival. Interestingly the two sides play this weekend, meaning that the team that goes ahead here is likely to survive through to NPL 2 next season and avoid a tough fight in NPL 3 next year.

In terms of the table, NSM still sit on top albeit by a single point over Hills. With 9 points left on offer NSM are definitely in the finals no matter what. Hills United are also confirmed to be playing finals football this year.

Then we move to the next group of teams with 4 finals spots up for grabs and 7 teams competing for them.

Spirit require a win to guarantee themselves a finals spot.

Bonnyrigg have a game in hand v WSW and a win would mean that another win in their last 3 will earn them a finals spot, whereas a loss would require a few wins, same with Mounties Wanderers.

Blacktown Spartans are in the biggest danger of being caught with a hot Northern Tigers on their tail, and WSW would be 1 point behind with a win over the White Eagles.

Central Coast Mariners are still a chance to play finals, however wins by those in the top 6 currently or a loss would just about guarantee that they’re going to miss out.

Just a quick note as well, it’s interesting that it’s possible for WSW to be promoted despite missing out on a finals position.

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