EPPING, NH - A major USL League 2 Northeast Division tilt will come to a head on Saturday, May 29 as the Seacoast United Phantoms return to New Hampshire with a game against Western Mass Pioneers.
The Phantoms will look to regain their division lead and add another win to the books after two successive draws last weekend. The Phantoms have already faced Western Mass this season when they traveled down to the Lusitano Stadium last Friday. The Phantoms certainly performed the better out of the two sides and the breakthrough finally came in the 69th minute of play. Max Murray finished off a beautiful set piece from Midfielder Jamie Davis after a Pioneers foul from a few yards off the corner of the box. Despite the Phantoms’ dominating the majority of the match, the Pioneers were able to draw level in the last remaining minutes thanks to a solid finish from late substitute Patrick Agyemang in the 80th minute.
The draw against Pioneers was followed up by another 1-1 draw on Sunday against FC Malaga City so the Phantoms will look to return to winning ways when Western Mass comes to town. It’s a quick turnaround from when they played each other just over a week ago and the Pioneers will be arriving full of confidence after securing a 2-0 win mid-week against AC Connecticut
“Saturday’s game will be really special as we are anticipating a big turnout.” said Head Phantoms Coach Paul Baber. “The lads have worked really hard this week and we will be looking to take full advantage of being at home in front of our fans.” Baber went on to say, “This division is very competitive and there are fine margins between all of the sides so 3 points on Saturday is the aim.”
Saturday’s kickoff coincides with the Nate Hardy Memorial Day Tournament. The game is set for 7:30pm and will see the Phantoms run out for the first time on the brand-new turf at the Seacoast United Sports Complex. A portion of Saturday’s ticket sales will go to the United Sports Foundation so make sure you come out, support a great cause and cheer on the Phantoms.