Highbury aim to maintain form

Mthetho Ndoni

POWER RUN: Highbury's Abdurag- maan Moodien, left, is likely to play tonight. Here he thunders down on Vukani Ncgamu of Buffaloes FC. Picture: BRIAN WITBOOI
POWER RUN: Highbury’s Abdurag- maan Moodien, left, is likely to play tonight. Here he thunders down on Vukani Ncgamu of Buffaloes FC. Picture: BRIAN WITBOOI

AFTER getting their league title campaign back on track with a 2-1 win over Morning Stars, Highbury hope to sustain the momentum tonight.

Fifth-placed Highbury face neighbours Cacadu United in a Safa Eastern Cape Second Division match at the Gelvandale Stadium (7pm).

Highbury, guided by Garth Dickinson, are hoping to win all their remaining home games before the end of the first stage of the league season next month.

They have collected 23 points from the 12 games they have already played and are trailing their opponents United, who are in third position, by two points.

Dickinson said his players had watched United playing against Real City in Motherwell last week and it had been beneficial to study the opposition before the clash.

“We will stick to our normal game plan because United will not throw something unusual at us.

“We’ve seen them playing and therefore have planned very carefully and are ready to collect the maximum points against them.”

Dickinson says it will be difficult for his technical team to select the 11 players to start the game because every player is 100% fit.

“I’m happy with our preparation and every player is available for selection.

“There are six strikers and there is no pressure on them, but at the same time they shouldn’t be relaxing,” Dickinson said.

“They must know their job is to score goals for us and they must feel the heat of fighting for a place in the starting lineup.”

Newly signed striker Leroy van Rensburg is expected to partner the team’s leading goal scorer Abduragmaan Moodien up front.

Much can be expected from Van Rensburg after he scored the winning goal for the home side against Morning Stars last week. But Moodien has always proven reliable for cracking the goals in the net for Highbury.

Meanwhile, another Port Elizabeth side campaigning in the Safa Eastern Cape Second Division League, Real City, will clash against Kokstad Liverpool at the NU2 Stadium in Motherwell tomorrow (3pm).

Motherwell side City played to a 1-1 draw against Cacadu United in Alexandria last week.

City are in 10th position on the log with 14 points from 11 games while Liverpool have 11 points. City coach Bonke Namba said the team’s plan was to collect all the available points at home.

“We are a good side, but we won’t make them feel comfortable in our own backyard because this will be our first game against them in the league matches.

‘We have to collect the maximum points from this encounter.

“That is essential if we want to see ourselves sitting comfortably inside the top eight bracket before the end of the league season’s first- stage break.”

In another semi professional football match, Morning Stars will meet struggling Red Stars in a Safa Eastern Cape Second Division league fixture at the Idutywa Stadium tomorrow (3pm).

Zwide-based Stars are expected to redeem themselves after they were defeated 2-1 by Highbury last Friday.


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