THE NEWCASTLE Jets and Brisbane Roar might provide the biggest game of football in Tamworth this year when they meet at Scully Park on September 1 but today’s top of the table NIF Premier League southern conference clash is pretty big too.
Oxley Vale Attunga faces Tamworth FC in a game that will decide top spot and it could also be a preview of big games to come in the finals.
“It should go a long way to deciding the southern conference minor premiership,” TFC coach Wayne May said.
“It’s a big game for both clubs.”
OVA has been the dominant club in the competition in recent years but TFC would love to tip the scales in its favour this season.
The Mushies are just one point in front with five weeks to play.
“They’ve been the benchmark for a few years now,” May said.
“If you can beat them it’s a feather in your cap and shows that you’re up there.”
The teams have met once in the premier league this season.
The Mushies won that one 4-2 and even though it was way back in week three it still gives Tamworth an insight into what needs to be done today.
“That was a fair game,” May said.
“Mitch O’Keefe scored a hat-trick that day so he’s one we have to look out for.
“He’s a dominant player but Luke Purcell has been scoring a few lately too.
“They’ve been scoring plenty but we’ve scored plenty too and they’re not too far ahead of us on for and against.
“And our defence has been pretty good this year.
“We just need to take our opportunities.
“They don’t give you many so you have to take them when they come.”
Wee Waa hosts North Companions in another important game, while Gunnedah United needs to win against Narrabri Cougars and Moree would like all three points from its trip to Gunnedah where it takes on Imperial.
In the nothern conference, North Armidale hosts East Armidale, Guyra is at home to Joeys FC and South Armidale welcomes Glen Innes.
Demon Knights have the bye.