NFD 2017/18 - WEEK 20 WRAP

WITBANK SPURS 2 REAL KINGS 1

Championship challenging Real Kings suffered first defeat in seven outings, to drop 9 points behind logleaders Highlands Park and into third on the log, with TTM FC taking over second position. Spurs remain in 8th, but the gap to the Playoff spots has been reduced to just 4 points. The Witbank side have played the most draws this season – 10, and should they convert their opportunities better, might get into contention for the post season.  

UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA 1 JOMO COSMOS 0

Tuks picked up their first win of 2018 on Saturday and avenged the 0-5 loss to Cosmos in Vosloorus in Round 2. The win leaves the student side just three points away from the post season in 6th place. Results on the road have been poor to say the least for Cosmos this season, having registered just one win and only 6 points. The loss for the Vosloorus based side drops them out of the Playoff places for the first time in 8 matches. They are however just two points behind Real kings with a better goal difference.

TSHAKHUMA TSHA MADZIHANDILA 1 MTHATHA BUCKS 0

A 4th win out of five matches in 2018 and an unbeaten run going back 6 matches sees TTM FC leap into 2nd place on the NFD log. The Limpopo side are 8 points behind logleaders Highlands Park. The loss for Bucks comes at a time when the club appeared to have turned the corner as far as results are concerned. Bucks stay in the relegation zone, but with only 4 points separating the bottom 6 sides, there is still plenty to be won and lost in the remaining months.  

HIGHLANDS PARK 4 ROYAL EAGLES 0

The Lions of the North stretched their lead in the NFD to an imposing 8 points after registering their first home win in 5 outings, and also their biggest margin of victory this season. Their unbeaten run stretches to 16 matches in all competitions. The size of the lead for Highlands is the biggest it has been at any time this season. Having scored the most goals this season, it was rather surprising to see Eagles failing to score for only the third time. Eagles remain just outside the relegation zone in that gaggle of 6 teams fighting to avoid the drop zone.

RICHARDS BAY FC 0 CT ALL STARS 0

Richards Bay eased another valuable place and a point away from the relegation zone after their stalemate with All Stars on Saturday. Despite only losing once in their last 6 outings, the Richards Bay outfit are still in that bottom 6 relegation threatened teams with work to do in the final third of the season. All Stars dropped one place to 10th, but are 8 points above the drop zone.

UBUNTU CT FC 0 BLACK LEOPARDS 4

Ubuntu continue to struggle at the bottom of the NFD log, a situation made worse by visiting Leopards on Saturday. The Cape side started 2018 well with victories over the two Mpumalanga sides, but have slipped back onto a losing run in recent matches. The 4 – 0 loss is their biggest defeat of the season and the equal biggest win for Leopards who beat Tuks by the same scoreline in January. Lidoda Duvha have won 3 and drawn 1 of their 5 matches in 2018, climbing from 10th to 7th, just 4 points away from a Playoff position with a healthy +8 goal difference.

MBOMBELA UNITED FC 1 SUPER EAGLES 0

Mbombela posted their first victory in a month, but they remain in the bottom half of the table. The loss for Super Eagles drop the Free State side to 13th, 3 points above the drop zone. The NFD rookies have only registered one win in 2018 and have some work to do to avoid being sucked into the relegation zone.     

UTHONGATHI FC 0 STELLENBOSCH FC 1

Steve Barker put one over his former coaching partner at Tuks and Stellenbosch FC, Sammy Troughton on Sunday to keep the Cape side in 5th on the log, 3 points outside a Playoff spot. The loss for Uthongathi is their first under their new coach, but keeps the KZN side in 11th position on the log, 3 points outside the relegation battle where the bottom 6 sides are separated by just 4 points.