NORTH Companions are keyed up for their big top-of-the-table McDonald’s Premier League clash with southern conference leaders Tamworth FC at Marius St today.
It will be their final shot at claiming the minor premiership with a win keeping them in with a chance.
They’ve got five points to make up on FC but have a game in hand.
FC can, conversely, secure the silverware with the points today, and will be a difficult proposition.
“We’re expecting a tough game,” Companions coach Gavin Thompson said.
“They’re the reigning premiers and on top of the ladder.”
“We’re going to have to be at our best to beat them.”
And certainly better than they were in last week’s 5-1 loss to Oxley Vale Attunga.
“We have to put last week behind us and concentrate on how we played before last week,” Thompson said.
“We were playing well until last week.”
He couldn’t pick too many chinks in FC’s armour.
“They’re very strong defensively, and very physical and still mobile in the midfield,” he said.
“And up front they’ve been scoring goals.”
“We’ve got to make sure we limit their attacking opportunities.”
They did a pretty good job of that in their earlier meeting going down only 1-nil.
“We played well that game,” Thompson said.
“We made one defensive error and they capitalised.”
“That’s their strength.”
In other games today North Armidale can wrap up top spot in the northern conference with victory over East Armidale at Doody Park.
The Redmen sit a point clear of Joeys FC, who have the bye and can’t advance their position.
Also in Armidale Demons Knights host Guyra.
The other two games are in Gunnedah with the Hawks hosting Namoi United and Gunnedah United Moree FC.