NORTH Companions continued their perfect start to the McDonald’s Northern Inland Football Premier League with a nine-goal thumping of Gunnedah United at Wolseley Park in Gunnedah on Saturday.
The Gavin Thompson-coached side has won all three games so far this season and scored 17 goals in the process.
Saturday’s nine-goal effort completed a day where its young second grade side had lost 3-1 to United.
Oxley Vale Attunga also avenged its grand final loss to Tamworth FC last season when they scored a 2-1 win at Johnson Field in Tamworth on Saturday.
A Dan Cannon ricochet was followed up by a nice second-half header by Adam Watson to give the Mushies a 2-nil lead before Tim Smith clawed one goal back for FC about 15 minutes from fulltime.
“I think the better side lost today,” Tamworth FC coach Wayne May said.
“We played some good football.
“We just didn’t take our chances.”
New boys Kelly Nystrom and Andrew James wasted wonderful first-half opportunities, both missing open goals.
OVA coach Tim Coates was delighted with his side’s win.
“Dan Cannon was in the right spot,” he said of the first goal just before half-time.
“He’d been close a few times and worked his backside off to be there.”
He thought it was a Cannon cannon.
“Then Adam Watson scored from a good header from a Brendan Fergie cross.
“That was a real nice goal.
“But it was a pretty even game.
“They are a good side, well coached and do have a few new players they are trying to gel with.
“Tim Smith scored a well- worked goal for them and that made it interesting for the final 15 minutes or so.”
Coates thought all his side played well.
In the other Southern Conference game, Moree FC was on the road again but beat Narrabri-Wee Waa 6-nil in first grade after hammering them 9-1 in second grade.
In the Northern Conference, North Armidale United beat South Armidale 1-nil, East Armidale accounted for Guyra 3-nil and Joeys FC had a big 7-1 win over Gunnedah Hawks in Inverell.
The Joeys also won second grade 5-nil.