TAMWORTH FC joined Oxley Vale Attunga and North Companions at the top of the Northern Inland Football (NIF) Premier League Southern Conference after Saturday’s fifth round of matches.
A 6-nil win over Guyra United enabled the sky blues to leapfrog both OVA and North Companions on goal difference after both OVA and North Companions lost away matches in Armidale.
OVA led 1-nil against North Armidale but fell 4-1 to Andy Lennon’s team while North Companions also led 1-nil against South Armidale at Armidale Sportsground but fell 3-1.
No results or report sheets were provided by the Armidale clubs despite them signing an agreement with NIF to supply all media with match details.
No results were supplied from Inverell Joeys’ 8-nil win over Narrabri/Wee Waa as well nor the 4-1 East Armidale win over Moree FC in Inverell.
Gunnedah Hawks coach Gary Samms did fulfil his club’s media commitments when he contacted The Leader with a report on his side’s 3-2 first grade loss to Demon Knights in Gunnedah.
Playing at Kitchener Park, the Hawks led 1-nil through a Lucas Roberts strike and then 2-1 when Michael Kleinschafer climbed to head home a long ball from a free kick.
“It was one of those games that got away from us,” Samms said.
“We’d led most of the game until that final 15 to 20 minutes.
“We did the same thing against Easts last week when we lost 4-3.
“We’re just making simple mistakes at the wrong time and unfortunately the other sides are good enough to capitalise on it.
“Full credit to DK though, they finished when they had the opportunity.”
Justin Lawrence and Kerry Sacker were the Hawks’ best.
In Armidale, Luke Purcell gave the visiting OVA Mushies a 1-nil lead before Brad Dunham equalised from the penalty spot in what Mushies coach Tim Coates thought was a controversial call.
However goals from Jason Boundy, Tyler Cook and Andrew McGann enabled the North Armidale Redmen to surge home for the second week in a row against a Tamworth opponent.
“It was little bit like last week,” Lennon said.
“The score didn’t reflect the game but what we have started to do is take our chances.”
McGann was best for the Redmen along with Jimmy Birmingham and Boundy while Dan Cannon was OVA’s best.
“We went up there to do our best,” Coates said. “But at the end of the day the scoresheet said they were too good.”
In Tamworth, Tamworth FC led 5-nil at halftime in what FC coach Wayne May thought was his side’s best half of the season.
“It was great. We played really well – came out firing in the first half,” May said.
“Cameron Potter scored in the fourth minute and then the 14th and we added a few more quick ones.
“Chris Hughes had a great game for us – he set up four of the six goals.”