Charlestown, Lake Macquarie put finals hopes on the line

Charlestown, Lake Macquarie put finals hopes on the line

THIS WEEK: Wednesday: Lakes v C’town. Saturday: Adamstown v Valentine, Jaffas v Lakes, Jets v Hamilton. Sunday: Maitland v Edgeworth, Magic v C’town.Charlestown are eyeing a late charge at up the ladder when they head to Macquarie Field on Wednesday night to take on the Roosters.
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Fresh from beating the Newcastle Jets Youth 4-0 on Saturday, the Blues play Lake Macquarie in a catch-up game from 7.30pm.

A win will put them ahead of Lakes into seventh, three points behind sixth-placed Broadmeadow, who they play at Magic Park on Sunday.

“Tomorrow night’s the big one,” Charlestown coach Shane Pryce said. “If we do something there, the boys will be ramped up for Broadmeadow, so we’ll see what happens.”

The win over the Jets was the Blues’ first game since the club announced Pryce would be replaced by David Tanchevski at season’s end.

“We hadn’t played for two or three weeks and with everything that’s gone down, for them to come out and do that, it was really, really pleasing,” Pryce said.“I was happy for them.”

Lake Macquarie, who are yet to lock in coach Anthony Richards for next year, lost 3-0 to Magic last Sunday and will be without Justin Broadley but welcome back Matt Toohey (both suspension).

Tim Davies (Kahibah) has joined Lakes, who Richards said were disappointed with the result but not the effort with 10 men for an hour against Magic.

** Edgeworth coach Damian Zane and Broadmeadow skipper Josh Piddington will represent their clubs at the FFA Cup round of 32 draw on Thursday at Fox Sports Studios in Sydney.

Both clubs are on a third trip to the nationwide section of the knockout, where they could meet A-League teams. The draw will be live on Fox Sports from 3pm.

** Maitland will add new recruit Chris Fayers, James Tassell and Lachlan Yates to theirPPS list to replace Ryan Broadley (holidays), Josh Williams (knee) and Andrew Pawiak (overseas deal) this week.

Edgeworth will bring in Keanu Moore, Josh Low, Joe Melmeth onto their list and take off Bailey Maxton (Weston) and Jim Fogarty.