HIGHBURY will be hoping to consolidate their top five log position when they clash with East London side FC Buffalo in a Safa Eastern Cape Second Division League match at the Gelvandale Stadium tonight at 7pm.
Port Elizabeth-based Highbury are on 20 points after playing 10 games this season, drawing two and losing two. They registered an incredible victory against neighbours Jeffreys Bay Milan last weekend.
Highbury’s bid to challenge for the top spot before the end of the league season’s first round will be tested by FC Buffalo.
The East London side are the regional reigning champions and they will represent the province at the 2014 Nedbank Cup last 32.
Highbury coach Garth Dickinson said the league was a marathon and they were only four months into the race.
“Our aim is to finish the first round of the league season on the top of the table because the second half will be tough and all the teams will be targeting the finishing line.
“This will be a tough match but we are prepared for them because our objective is to collect maximum points.”
He said it was important for the team to win because home matches always gave them an advantage.
Meanwhile, Real City are hoping to show Morning Stars who the real stars are in a Safa Eastern Cape Second Division League derby encounter at the NU2 Stadium in Motherwell tomorrow at 5pm.
This is bound to be an exciting game that could also determine the kings of football in Port Elizabeth.
Motherwell’s City are in the top 10 on the log table with 13 points from nine matches while the Kwazakhele-based side Stars are breathing down their necks on nine points.
“We will treat Morning Stars as any other team in the league but we won’t underestimate them,” City coach Bonke Namba said.
“They’re a good team but we won’t allow them to beat us at our home ground because we will put up a big fight to get the maximum points we deserve.”
Stars coach Siyabulela Isaac said they expected a tough match after City beat them in the provincial southern district Nedbank Cup Challenge semifinals in November.
“It’s the big one for us and I have no doubt we will beat them.”