New club Martinborough FC will make their first trip to Weka Park tomorrow at 1pm when they play Kapiti Coast United in the New Zealand-wide Chatham Cup.
After a poor run of four losses to start off the season, KCU have picked up form in the league, with successive wins against Tawa, Wellington Olympic and Miramar Rangers. The club were promoted from the Capital Premier last season and are sitting respectably in sixth place in the Central Premier League.
In last season’s Chatham Cup, Kapiti Coast United bombed out early to Upper Hutt City. A difficult draw saw them go away to Maidstone Park in the first round, with an early Josh Hinton goal condemning the visitors to an early exit.
Their opponents, Martinborough, are flying high in the Wairarapa Division 2, sitting in second place out of six. The team have won their last four matches in entertaining fashion, with eighteen goals in five games, in their first season in existence. This game will be their inaugural in the competition, although they are underdogs to go on to the second round.
Last year’s Chatham Cup was won by Onehunga Sports for the first time, defeating fellow Auckland club Central United on penalties. The best Wellington clubs were Western Suburbs and Wairarapa United, who dropped out in the quarter-finals.
The referee will be experienced official Robert Swiney.
WHEN: 12 May, 1pm
WHERE: Weka Park, Raumati Beach
WHAT: Chatham Cup 1st Round match between Kapiti Coast United and Martinborough