» Preview – WaiBOP United v Hawke’s Bay United

We’re almost all set to welcome Hawke’s Bay United to our new home, John Kerkhof Park in Cambridge, and WaiBOP United head coach, Peter Smith, is looking forward to the fixture.

“The season has begun positively for us with good performances in our opening couple of fixtures,” said Smith earlier this week. “The win against Canterbury was important for the whole squad so that we could get things up and running and while the result against Auckland was disappointing we acquitted ourselves well against the title favourites. We need to build on that this weekend by getting a result.”

This is the second time these two sides have met in the last month. “We had a good tussle with Hawke’s Bay a few weeks ago during the pre-season and I expect nothing different this Saturday,” says Smith. “Both sides need points to keep in touch with the top two so I expect we’ll see some constructive, attacking football along with a few goals.”

Smith has some special words of praise for the army of Cambridge FC volunteers who have worked tirelessly to prepare the venue for Saturday’s match. “The Cambridge club has been really good. I’m really pleased to see how John Kerkhof Park has been transformed over the last few weeks and I think our players will enjoy performing in front of a noisy, parochial crowd at our new home.”

Kick-off is at 5pm on Saturday November 23 at John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge.

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