TAMWORTH FC and Oxley Vale Attunga remained top of the Northern Inland Football Premier League’s Southern Conference with clean-sheet wins in Tamworth while North Armidale and Demon Knights moved within a win of Joeys FC on the Northern Conference first grade ladder with successes at home and in Guyra.
DK beat Guyra United 6-nil while North Armidale Redmen also scored six in their five-goal win over East Armidale at Phil Wheaton Oval, North Armidale.
Joeys FC had the bye on the weekend while South Armidale Scorpions travelled to Tamworth where they lost 3-nil to Oxley Vale Attunga at Marius Street.
Brendan Fergie scored twice for the Mushies while Luke Purcell was also on target.
“It was a pleasing win,” OVA coach Tim Coates said.
“It’s always good to beat a team from up north. It was also good to have a shutout and keep a clean sheet.”
41-year-old goalkeeper Troy Keyte was instrumental in that with a good performance in goals while Dan Cannon and Ryan Searl were also in good form.
Across Tamworth, North Companions coach Gavin Thompson thought his side was the better on the day but lost 1-nil to a Chris Hughes strike for the reigning premiers.
It wasn’t a good day for Thompson. He was also sent from the sideline for questioning a refereeing decision.
“The better team lost today,” Thompson said.
“We had many chances to score. I’m not disappointed with the way we played.
“We tried to play football and had possession for long periods.
“It was just unfortunate we couldn’t take our chances.”
He thought Zac Kamm was outstanding and “easily the best player on the park”.
“We made one defensive error and got punished for it.”
Tamworth FC coach Wayne May was delighted with the victory.
The Chris Hughes goal came from “good build-up” and then a virtual “tap-in” opportunity for Hughes.
“It was a good day for us, a good derby day to win second grade (4-nil) as well. Both were good games, good tussles,” May said.
Young Sam Williams was FC’s best on his first grade debut, the 17-year-old having a great game at right back while new English signing, Michael Roberts, also starred in central midfield.
At Narrabri, the combined Narrabri/Wee Waa netted their first premiership points of the season with a 2-all draw with Gunnedah Hawks.
“We scored all four,” a bemused Hawks coach Garry Samms said.
“Charlie Vernon scored our two and we also gave them two own goals.
“It was a reasonable result for us though. We had four out today.”
Charlie Vernon, Justin Lawrence and 18-year-old goalkeeper Blake Small were the Hawks’ best.
It was a much better result for the other Gunnedah side, United.
A 6-2 win over Moree FC rocketed it up to eight points on the first grade