Oxley Vale Attunga take on Tamworth in top of the table NIPL clash

CLOSING IN: OVA's Ryan Searl controls the ball as Ben Todd looms last weekend. 
Photo: Peter Hardin.
CLOSING IN: OVA's Ryan Searl controls the ball as Ben Todd looms last weekend. Photo: Peter Hardin.

Oxley Vale Attunga coach Tim Coates knows there’s a number of variables that factor into the outcome of a game.

“Every games different. It could be raining tomorrow, it could be windy, it could be cold and all those things have an impact on it,” Coates said.

But, he also knows that when his side takes on Tamworth FC on Saturday in a top of the table clash, Mushies will need to bring their best.

“They’re very good defensively, and they can put he odd goal away. It’ll be an interesting day out,” Coates said.

Tamworth FC sit on top of the table, alongside OVA, but with a game in hand.

FC have gone three games without conceding a goal and have had just two scored against them this season.

Coates said FC’s “strong” defensive unit led by Ross Price and Troy Hearfield would be tough to crack but had faith in his players – Mitch O’Keefe, Luke Purcell and Will Menz – up front.

And the coach said he wouldn’t just be focusing on ways to penetrate Tamworth FC’s defence.

“They’re pretty strong up front, too. Our backline will have to be quick on their feet,” Coates said.

“Kurt Barrow has a very strong left foot and the midfield will be where a lot of work is done.

“Ben Davis has been around a long time and knows all the tricks of the trade and someone we’ll need to keep an eye on.”

OVA have fielded the same team for the last four round for four wins and Coates said things were going well.

“Everyone’s playing for everyone, there’s no real stars and a good club spirit,” he said.

“They also let each know then they’re not trying hard enough. They’re able to self manage in that way.”

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