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YoungHeart chase points as Sykes eyes '100' club

By Kelvin Wescombe

PALMERSTON NORTH – The search for points gets tougher for YoungHeart Manawatu as unbeaten defending champions Waitakere United roll into Palmerston North eager for another victory this Sunday.

Waitakere United are red-hot favourites with three wins from three matches and an undefeated record in the OFC Champions League.

Neil Emblen’s team also comes into the match after a morale-boosting 3-1 derby win over cross-city rivals Auckland City but may struggle without the vastly experiencedmidfielder Martin Bullock.                                                                     
With Bullock injured, all eyes will be on veteran Waitakere United midfielder Neil Sykes, who will clock up his 100th career appearance in the ASB Premiership.

The former Auckland City midfielder has endured a stop-start beginning to the new season due to injury and suspension, but is on target to join Adam Cowan, Chad Coombes and Grant Young as members of an elite ‘100 cap’ club.

With Sykes looking to celebrate a personal milestone with a win, YoungHeart Manawatu is still chasing its first points of the season.

An inexperienced YoungHeart Manawatu although not outclassed in their two outings, still remain rooted to the bottom of the table goalless and without a point.

Coach Bob Sova will be looking to build off a strong defensive performance against second placed Canterbury last week and hope that handing debuts to a clutch of youngsters yields points sooner rather than later.

One player who stood out last week was goalkeeper Matt Borren, the former number two to Chris Marsh and Ross Nicholson, underlining his readiness for the step up in status.

YoungHeart’s own ASB Premiership centurion Adam Cowan and the vastly experienced Jason Hayne will again be vital to the home side’s hopes of taking something tangible from the match.

The action gets underway at Memorial Park, Palmerston North, on Sunday 21 November, 2010, at 2pm.


Head to Head

YoungHeart Manawatu

Waitakere United


Michael WHITE returns from suspension.

Jack HOBSON-McVEIGH, Neil SYKES and Jonno ROSS join the squad. 



Martin BULLOCK and Andy RALPH miss out through injury. Liam LITTLE is unavailable.


Michael WHITE will make his 40th ASB Premiership appearance, if selected. WHITE has three career goals. Jason HAYNE will make his 89th ASB Premiership appearance, if selected. HAYNE has scored 29 career goals.

Neil SYKES will make his 100th ASB Premiership career appearance, if selected. SYKES has scored 15 career goals. JAKE BUTLER and AARON SCOTT will make their 80th ASB Premiership career appearances, if selected. BUTLER has 10 career goals, SCOTT two. Allan PEARCE will make his 90th ASB Premiership career appearance, if selected. PEARCE has scored 41 career goals.

Vital Stats:

Manawatu has won one, drawn one and lost eight of its last ten showdowns with the defending champions. Manawatu last tasted a home success over Waitakere United when they defeated the visitors 3-2 back in 2007-08 season.

Waitakere United has won four, drawn one and lost three of its last eight visits to Palmerston North. No match between the two teams in Palmerston North has been won by any margin greater than a single goal.


Squad List

 YoungHeart Manawatu

ASB Premiership - Week Five

Memorial Park, Palmerston North

Waitakere United 

Sunday 21 November, 2010
Kickoff: 2pm

1- Matt BORREN (GK)

1- Danny ROBINSON (GK)

4- Colin FALVEY

2- Jason ROWLEY


3- Aaron SCOTT


4- Tim MYERS

7- Jason HAYNE

6- Jack PELTER

8- Nathan COOKSLEY

8- Chris BALE

9- Michael WHITE

10- Allan PEARCE

10- Adam COWAN (C)

11- Neil SYKES

11- Hamish MacKAY


14- Michael McKNIGHT

13- Mike GWYTHER

16- Michael FRASER

16- Neil EMBLEN

18- Dale HIGHAM

17- Jake BUTLER

19- Ben WILKES (GK)

18- Zane SOLE

20- Willie HODGE

19- Dakota LUCAS

21- Jared BLOOR

20- Ryan de VRIES

22- Greg O'CONNOR



28- Jonno ROSS (GK)