OXLEY Vale Attunga warmed up for this Saturday’s top-of-the-table Southern Conference NIF Premier League clash with Tamworth FC by thrashing Gunnedah United 7-nil in Gunnedah on Saturday.
OVA stalwart Adam Watson banged in a hat trick while Ben Genardini continued his recent goal-scoring run by pumping home a pair as did Aaron Wilson.
It was a good day for the Mushies with their second grade winning 6-nil.
“Yeah, a pretty good day for us,” said OVA coach Lachlan Browne.
“We sealed second in both first and second grade and it gives us a double chance in both grades.”
That’s despite there being one round left and that is a huge local derby against Tamworth FC!
OVA were in commanding form in Saturday’s first grade win, just the sort of form Browne has been looking for.
That club stalwart Adam Watson scored a hat trick was a memorable highlight.
Two of them were outstanding,” Brown said.
“They had to be to beat their goalkeeper, Brad McIvor. Both were from outside the box, about 35m out. The third was a nice composed finish from the top of the box.”
Both sides are running second in their PL Southern Conferences with this Saturday’s final round against Tamworth FC having no influence on their finishing position entering the finals.
In the other Southern Conference match Gunnedah Hotel Hawks upset North Companions 4-3 to end their season on a high.
The Hawks have a final round bye this weekend but cannot run down Gunnedah United in first or second grade for fourth spot in the SC.
Gunnedah United goalkeeper, Brad McIvor, filling in for suspended coach Richard Grant hopes his side can prepare for its first playoff final against South Armidale in Armidale on Saturday week by beating Narrabri Cougars in Gunnedah this Saturday.
United went into Saturday’s clash against OVA without Matt Chapple, Dale Roberts and Craig Louis.
However, his impassioned half-time talk couldn’t find the enthusiasm and passion needed to overturn the marauding Mushies.
“Hopefully we will have a full squad back for Narrabri and get a bit of continuity going before we play South Armidale up there,” McIvor said of the approaching game.
Suspended coach Richard Grant will serve the second of a three week ban this Saturday for playing an unregistered player and hopes the NIF will show some leniency and let him back for the playoff match against South
In the Northern Conference Joeys FC remained top of the first grade table with a 2-1 win over East Armidale, South Armidale beat Moree FC 5-4 and North Armidale ended Demon Knight’s playoff hopes with a 2-1 victory at Rologas 2, Armidale.
The North Armidale Reds sit just a point behind Inverell’s Joeys FC in the first grade minor premiership race and play South Armidale Scorpions in their final round clash this Saturday.
Joeys FC go to Moree to play fourth-placed Moree FC while Guyra United hosts Demon Knights in a dead rubber.