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Friday, April 23, 2021

Jets-Wanderers clash already making the news

Some football-loving Sydneysiders will be unwelcome at the Jets’ A-League clash with the Wanderers in Newcastle on Friday night.

Following COVID-19 outbreaks and subsequent suburb red-zoning, NSW Health has placed a ban on tickets being sold to anyone from Sydney suburbs identified in the Public Health Order.

This means that people who live or work in Wentworthville, Belmore, Auburn, Berala, Lidcombe, Regents Park, Rookwood, Birrong, Potts Hill and the northern zone of Northern Beaches will be unable to attend the Newcastle Jets v Western Sydney Wanderers FC game on Friday night.

The NSW Government also announced on Thursday that masks will be mandatory for all in attendance.

The match, to take place at McDonald Jones Stadium, will be the Newcastle Jets’ first home game of the season.

It will also be the pair’s first clash since the Jets’ former mentor Carl Robinson defected to the Wanderers in October.

Having joined Newcastle as head coach in February, Robinson oversaw a turnaround in form, guiding the previously struggling side to six wins, three draws and a loss during his 10 games in charge.

The Wanderers targeted the 44-year-old Welshman however, after sacking Jean-Paul de Marigny, who was only given the top job on a permanent basis in July 2020.

Reportedly in a dire financial position, the Jets are now also on the lookout for a new owner after Chinese-investor Martin Lee was stripped of his franchise licence earlier this week.

The embattled Jets will need to rise above their off-field issues to bring success before a home crowd on Friday.

Expected to be a tussle over 10th and 11th spot on the A-League ladder, both teams are limited to just one win for the season.

Kick off is at 7.05pm on Friday.

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