Rovers back in the driver’s seat

2011-10-05 00:00

THERE were some interesting National First Division (NFD) results over the weekend, with Blackburn Rovers ascending back to the summit after posting a 2-0 victory over FC Cape Town at the Buffalo City Stadium on Saturday.

For two weeks East London-based Blackburn Rovers were on pole position in the NFD before they were deposed by the University of Pretoria, who led for the better part of last week.

However, Blackburn’s victory against FC Cape Town has once again put them back in the driver’s seat as they desperately search for promotion.

At the moment Eastern Cape does not have a team in the Absa Premiership.

Blackburn have accumulated 18 points from seven games.

Tuks are second — one point shy from Blackburn.

Thanda Royal Zulu, the only KwaZulu-Natal representatives in the 16-team division, played a 0-0 draw against lowly Bay United in Limpopo to secure third spot.

In the Free State, Vasco da Gama and Carara Kicks produced a five-goal thriller, but it was the Cape visitors who went home happiest after Marcelino Johnson’s 79th-minute winner.

Carara opened the scoring in the 22nd minute via Luyolo Nomandela, but the ex-PSL side showed far more skills and it came as no surprise when youngster Damian Mitchell equalised with a brilliant left-footed drive moments before half-time, having just seen his free kick curled around the post.

It was then end-to-end stuff, with Keenin Lesch getting his fifth goal of the season, before Mpho Mvelase again levelled matters, but late pressure sealed all three points for Tony de Nobrega’s team.

Chippa FC, coached by “Professor” Mlungisi Ngubane, overcame a gallant Atlie FC at Athlone Stadium when the talented Andile Mbenyane made certain his 90th-minute strike entered the net, having witnessed a number of team-mates missing golden opportunities.

The win moves Ngubane’s team into a respectable eighth spot.

And sitting on the same number of points, but with an inferior goal difference are Craig Rosslee’s Black Aces, who defeated local rivals Witbank Spurs, thanks to a great wind-assisted drive by Edward Williams 15 minutes from time.

The NFD clubs take a break until October 16, except for FC AK, who have two catch-up games — an away encounter with fellow relegation candidates Spurs on Saturday and then Blackburn at home three days later.

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