Southern women in good form to face quality Auckland side

A trip to Auckland is never easy.

You invariably come up against a quality outfit on their home patch.

But it is in good form that Southern United heads north to face Auckland this weekend.

It remains atop the national women's league table, having collected seven points from its first three games.

Of course, it has not yet had a bye as Auckland, Canterbury United and Northern have.

However, only Canterbury could have surpassed Southern had it had its full complement of games.

Meanwhile, Auckland will have the motivation of playing at home for the first time this season.

Goals have flowed in two of Southern's outings, and even in its 1-0 win over WaiBOP it created chances.

Amy Hislop has scored four herself and Shontelle Smith has been key in delivering from corner kicks.

That will give the side confidence, particularly given it scored five against a quality Northern side in Invercargill last week.

Of more concern will be the five it conceded, which included a 93rd-minute heart-breaker.

If it can limit those, it will give itself every chance of claiming victory.

Auckland comes off a 3-3 draw with Capital, which picked up its first point of the season in the process.

A win or draw would ensure the best Auckland could do next week, when Southern has its bye, is draw level.

Elsewhere, Canterbury United looks to keep its perfect record alive when it travels to play WaiBOP.

Canterbury has not conceded a goal in its two games, while scoring 10.

That includes a 6-0 thumping of Capital.

The Northern Lights should bag three points as they host Central.

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