He’s had an unbeaten start to life in the dugout but ex-Caltex Socceroo Luke Wilkshire faces a big test when Wollongong Wolves host Blacktown City in Sunday afternoon’s NPL NSW clash.
The former Australian defender’s impressive start at the South Coast outfit has been aided by an English striker already in double figures – Thomas James, who has 11 goals to his name.
James will be a crucial figure if the Wolves are to consign league heavyweights Blacktown, currently eighth after an inconsistent opening to the campaign, to their fourth defeat.
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Elsewhere, APIA Leichhardt Tigers and Sydney United 58 look to keep up the pressure against Sydney FC and Hakoah Sydney City East respectively.
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There is a top of the table clash to look forward to in Tassie, where leaders Olympia FC Warriors take on South Hobart on Sunday afternoon.
The Warriors enter on the back of a 3-1 win over Glenorchy Knights, a triumph which preserved their unbeaten start to the NPL Tasmania campaign.
South Hobart, meanwhile prevailed in a 5-4 derby thriller over rivals Hobart Zebras.
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Avondale are still unbeaten in NPL Victoria action, but the arrival of fourth-placed Altona Magic on Saturday afternoon could be a big test of their claim as the runaway team to beat.
Heidelberg would contest that argument and will look to halve their six-point deficit to the leaders on Friday night against Port Melbourne Sharks.
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Woden-Weston and Tigers FC are unbeaten in NPL ACT action so far, but a flawless beginning might unravel when the pair face off on Saturday afternoon.
Elsewhere, reigning champions Canberra FC – currently seventh with two losses and a win – will aim to build some momentum at home to Belconnen United on Sunday.
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It’s hard to argue with Peninsula Power right now – the NPL Queensland outfit have won all 12 matches in a row to top things north of the border.
Can fifth-placed Gold Coast United halt the leaders in their charge? The pair clash on Saturday afternoon.
In the round’s other standout matches, Lions FC host Redlands United on Tuesday.
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Tony Popovic’s Hyundai A-League side are plotting their championship assault, but Perth Glory’s NPL outfit are in hot pursuit of leaders Perth SC when action in West Australia resumes.
The Glory, currently four points adrift of the early pacesetters, take on Rockingham City at home on Sunday.
Perth SC face a tricky trip to Balcatta FC on Saturday.
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NOTE: There are no NPL fixtures in Northern NSW or South Australia this weekend.