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Edgeworth-Maitland to do battle as NPL returns

Heavyweights Edgeworth and Maitland FC will do battle almost 10 months since the Eagles were crowned Northern NSW NPL champions after their 2-0 win in the 2019 decider.

The Magpies had earlier snapped Edgeworth’s run of four straight premierships, but the Eagles exacted revenge with their third grand final triumph in the past five years.

It’s been a turbulent week for Edgeworth, with highly-lauded head coach Damian Zane stepping down after announcing he will take charge of rivals Broadmeadow Magic in 2021.

Zane’s replacement is former New Lambton WPL boss Keelan Hamilton.

The opening round clash will kick-off at 2.30pm this Sunday 12 July at Jack McLaughlan Oval.

In other NPL fixtures, Lake Macquarie City will host Lambton Jaffas, while Valentine Phoenix welcome Broadmeadow, Charlestown Azzuri take on Adamstown Rosebud, and Newcastle Olympic travel to Weston to tackle the Bears.

The Lake Macquarie-Lambton game kicks off at 1.45pm, while all others start at 2.30pm on Sunday.

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Anticipation is building at Magic Park as Broadmeadow prepare to finally open their 2020 campaign against last year’s premiers, New Lambton, after the Magic’s first two games were postponed.

New Lambton will be looking for its first win of the season, with a 3-all draw against Merewether followed by a 2-1 loss to Adamstown back in March.

The match of the round will kick-off at 3pm on Sunday.

Elsewhere in round three, ladder leaders Adamstown take on second-placed Merewether, Warners Bay host Newcastle Olympic, and Thornton Redbacks travel north to face Mid Coast FC.

Those games all kick-off at 3pm.

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Cessnock City and Thornton will resume their seasons looking for a win, not only to secure a valuable three points, but to also claim Hunter Valley bragging rights.

Cessnock recorded a 3-1 win over Singleton back in March before having the bye, while the Redbacks went down 2-1 to Belmont Swansea in its only game so far.

The clash kicks off at 2.30pm on Sunday at Turner Park, Cessnock.

In other fixtures, early competition leaders Kahibah will play Wallsend at The Gardens from 2.30pm on Sunday, while Cooks Hill United will host New Lambton at 2.30pm on Saturday, Toronto travels to Singleton to face the Strikers from 2.30pm on Saturday, and South Cardiff tackles Belmont Swansea at Ulinga Oval from 3.20pm on Sunday.

West Wallsend have the bye.

Visit Northern NSW Football’s website for the full draw.

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