The Newcastle Jets mens’ team face another postponement for this weekend’s F3 derby, making it now four weeks without a match.
Saturday’s F3 derby between Newcastle and Central Coast has been postponed due to numerous cases in the Newcastle squad. The whole team went in for PCR tests this morning, with many showing symptoms and three having already having tested positive prior to the announcement.
The Jets have been one of the surprise packets of the A-League Men season so far, led by firepower up front in Valentino Yuel and Daniel Penha.
They are playing an exciting brand of football under Arthur Papas and have quickly become one of the most watchable teams in the competition. They would have been hoping to get revenge against the Mariners after a 2-1 loss in Round 1.
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Unfortunately, fans have not had the pleasure of watching them since December 19, almost four weeks ago. Matches against Western Sydney, Melbourne City, and Wellington have all been postponed in recent weeks and now a crucial clash against their rivals, Central Coast has joined the list.
The game was scheduled for Saturday, January 15 at 5:05pm at Central Coast Stadium. This news means that now only two men’s matches will go ahead this weekend.
There is already a cloud of doubt over the Jets’ Wednesday clash with Western United, given the cases they have in the squad have only just began to isolate, and Western United has a number of cases currently as well.
Only time will tell the impact that such a long break will have on Newcastle, but frustration must be growing by the day amongst the squad.
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