The first team are unbeaten in October and they will look to maintain that record on Saturday evening when league leaders Manhattan Kickers come to Roosevelt Island for an 8.30pm kick-off.
The Rocks are coming off a morale-boosting cup win at College Point and they will need all their wits about them if they are to knock the visitors off their pedestal, Kickers arriving with four wins and a draw in Division Two.
“It’s a massive game for us,” said manager Glen Wrafter. “Without doubt the biggest game of the season. If we beat them on Saturday evening we will be only 2 points adrift.
“Unfortunately we have a number of absentees this weekend but we’ve had an eye on this fixture, and hopefully we’ll give a good account of ourselves and give Kickers a good game.”
Meanwhile, in the curtain-raiser, the reserves will kick off at 6.30pm hoping to put last Sunday’s State Cup exit behind them. Keith Cagney is carrying a slight hamstring strain while Shawn Duda remains out with a knee injury. On a positive note, top scorer Sean Mc Mullan will return to action in a huge boost for the Rocks.
“We have a massive game against a team ahead of us after two disappointing results,” said manager Robbie O’Neill. “We need to get back to winning ways this weekend against Manhattan Kickers and do some catching up on the league leaders.”
The following evening, the Over 30s will take on NY Dinamo in Randall’s Island at 8pm with possibly six of their top players missing the game for one reason or another.
“It’s a must win for us on Sunday as are the remaining four league games,” acknowledged manager Paddy Mc Carry who is on the hunt for new players to bolster his squad.
Eugene Reynolds (knee) and captain Mike Bishop (hamstring) are both ruled out while Tomás Maher (hamstring) and Randall Fieldman (toe) major doubts.