Support called for big game

Tauranga City United face Auckland Central this Sunday.

Tauranga City United is calling on supporters to help them win an essential at home game at Links Avenue Reserve this Sunday.

The must-win match against current premier league leaders Auckland Central kicks off at 2.45pm on August 14. Tauranga City United is facing relegation back to second division if they don’t win.

New Zealand Football has made an error and this year the bottom three premier league teams face relegation back to second division, instead of the bottom two. Tauranga is top of the bottom three.

“It’s like a must-win game. We have only got four games left. I reckon we have probably got to win three out of the four,” says coach Andy Birchenough.

“We could definitely do with a good crowd to get behind us on that one,” says Andy. “They [Auckland Central] are the top of the league so they are going to be hard to knock over.

“But we got a really good win last week against one of the teams we are competing against at the bottom. We beat Western Springs four-nil so; we are also coming off a good result as well.”

Last time the Tauranga City United played Auckland Central, Tauranga lost.

“They banged in three goals in the last 15 minutes and up until then it had been one-all. We had a couple of good chances to go in front.

“At the end of the day, even though they are a good side, if we turn up I reckon we can make a fist of it. It’s a good league that why it would be nice to stay in it.

“It’s definitely winnable, without a doubt. We have got a lot of good players and on the day we will give anybody a go.”