TAMWORTH FC bounced back to Premier League goalscoring form in a big way on their home Johnson Field on Saturday.
The reigning NIFPL first grade premiers won 9-nil against Namoi United.
Their second grade side had also won 9-nil, making it a massive day for the sky blues who celebrated at their Family Hotel base.
Kurt Barrow and Kelly Nystrom were two of the big deliverers for FC, both scoring four goals, Barrow in second grade and Nystrom hammering in four in first grade.
“He’s a centre back too,” Tamworth FC coach Wayne May said as he and assistant and club sponsor Darren MacKenzie reflected on the big day.
“It was a pretty good day.
“We dominated from the beginning.”
While Nystrom slotted four, young Hayden Davidson also scored twice, Englishmen Scott May and Michael Roberts also scored and Travis Beard completed the scoresheet.
“Kelly was our man of the match,” May said.
“Four goals from a centre back is outstanding but he makes a lot of good runs from the back and he was very dominant today,” May said.
“Our passing and movement was very good though but they (Namoi) only had 17 or 18 players for both grades.”
Tamworth FC has been up and down all season with a new-look side but, in Nystrom and English import Michael Roberts, it is rebuilding another powerful lineup.
“Everyone chipped in today,” May said.
“It’s a good sign for the second round.”
In other PL games, OVA had an 8-nil win over Gunnedah Hawks in Gunnedah, North Companions beat Moree FC 4-nil and South Armidale held Joeys FC to a 2-all draw at Armidale Sportsground.
Adam Watson notched four goals for the OVA Mushies against the Hawks.
“They were under strength,” OVA coach Tim Coates said.
“And they had a few injury problems through the game as well.
“They just ran out of ammunition.”
Watson’s four-goal haul was a reward for another good game while Dan Cannon was also solid in midfield for the Mushies.