NFD 2017/18 - WEEK 18 WRAP

ROYAL EAGLES 5 RICHARDS BAY 2

Royal Eagles moved a further place away from the relegation zone and became the NFD’s leading scorers after their win over Richards Bay in the KZN derby on Saturday. While the Maritzburg side are still conceding the most goals in the league, they have at least a zero goal difference – the beat out of the bottom 6 sides. The loss was the first for Richards Bay in five outings and drops them to just outside the drop zone.  

STELLENBOSCH FC 2 MTHATHA BUCKS 1

Stellenbosch FC won for just the second time in 12 matches to re-ignite their campaign and move back into the top half of the log, halting a dramatic drop down the table over the past 2 months. Unfortunately the loss for Bucks means that the Eastern Cape side are without a win in 10 matches and they will stay at the bottom of the log for another week.

MBOMBELA UNITED FC 0 UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA 0

A point apiece for two sides that lost in the previous week will help both sides stay in touch with the teams currently sitting in the Promotional Playoff spots. It is the first time in six meetings that Mbombela and Tuks have played to a draw.

REAL KINGS 3 SUPER EAGLES 1

Onward and upward for Real Kings as their victory over NFD rookies Super Eagles took the KZN side to 2nd on the log, their highest position all season. They might be 6 points behind logleaders Highlands Park, but like the Tembisa side, they have created a lot of momentum with recent results. The loss for the Free State side drop them 1 spot to 12th, but they are still 4 points clear of relegation worries.

BLACK LEOPARDS 1 CT ALL STARS 2

Leopards lost at home for the second time this season to send the Limpopo side back into the bottom half of the table. The Cape side picked up their first win in 5 matches to move up to 9th, but still 5 points away from a place in the post season. The loss for Leopards is their second at home to All Stars in five meetings.   

UTHONGATHI FC 1 JOMO COSMOS 0

Sammy Troughton got life as the new coach of Uthongathi off to a great start when Vilane scored the only goal of the match on Saturday to upset the championship hopes on Jomo Cosmos. The KZN side move up two places to 11th, while Cosmos drop from their long time 2nd spot to third. The worry for Cosmos is that they have only registered one away win all season and 6 points on the road all season.         

WITBANK SPURS 0 TSHAKHUMA TSHA MADZIHANDILA 2

TTM FC won on the road for the second time in 2018 to extend their unbeaten run to 5 matches and up to a season high 4th place on the log. The loss for Spurs is just their second home loss of the campaign, but drops the Witbank side from 5th to 8th on the log.    

UBUNTU CT FC 0 HIGHLANDS PARK 3

They started the weekend leading the NFD by 5 points and the long time logleaders ended the 18th week of the season leading the chasing pack by 6 points. Home side Ubuntu lost for the first time in 2018 after starting the year with consecutive victories and they will stay in the relegation zone for a 14th week. Highlands have gone 14 matches unbeaten in league and cup.