SOUTH United continued its surge with a one-goal upset of Tamworth men’s competition leaders Tudor Wests on Sunday.
South struck first and last to take the points 3-2 and post back to back wins after rolling Services Workies in its previous game.
“We played really well structurally today,” South coach Chris Massey said.
And “started well for once”.
They scored within about the first 10 minutes.
“The first 20-25 minutes we were very strong,” he said.
“We didn’t give them any opportunities.”
Although they did slacken off a bit towards the end of the half.
“We changed a few things at half-time and it worked,” Massey said.
It was mainly positionally, he said.
“People moving different ways, and getting in different positions,” he said.
There was also a bit more communication.
Brock Mackay netted what turned out to be the match winner with just over 10 minutes to go after Tudors had twice drawn level.
Massey was happy with how everyone played.
Jeremy Blakely played well in the middle, he said, as did Jarrod McCluand.
Youngsters Gus Wolfgang and Luke Albertson also did well off the bench.
It was one of those days for Tudors.
Their usual passing game wasn’t there and simple things like mis-traps broke down their momentum.
“A fair few basic errors let us down,” Tudors coach Sam Lobsey said.
Their decision-making, particularly, was off.
“We felt we had a fair bit of control of the game but when it came down to finishing and passing, some of our options in the circle left a bit to be desired,” Lobsey said.
“We didn’t make the right moves in the attacking 25 and get the results we wanted.”
He said Reid Gould had a “pretty good game”.
“We played him in a different role up front,” he said.
Normally he plays a wide striker but they moved him into centre forward to “try to get him more touches”.
Andrew Finch also had a typically solid game in defence.
The other game between Armidale City and Kiwi Diggers in Armidale was called off at half-time for safety reasons. It was 1-all at that point.