Tamworth FC coach Greg Bartlett couldn’t have asked for much more from his side as they affirmed their Northern Inland Premier League favouritism with a 5-1 win over Demon Knights in their top of the table clash at Johnson Field on Saturday.
The minor premiers produced in Bartlett’s assessment their best performance of the season to dominate their second-placed rivals.
“We played very well against North Armidale a couple of weeks ago but this was even better,” he said.
“They passed the ball well, supported each other well and the back four got themselves out of trouble at the back well.”
Not that DK had a lot of chances, they probably only had a couple for the whole game, Bartlett said.
FC on the other hand had numerous although they were unable to convert one in the first half, all five goals coming in the second half after they had trailed 1-nil at half-time.
Feeling like they dominated both halves, their inability to put away one of their chances in the first half was Bartlett’s only real complaint.
“We scored really early in the second half and went on with it,” he said.
Kurt Barrow, Matt Gardner, Josh Bartlett and Bailey Campbell all found the back of the net, the spread of goalscorers (the other goal was an own goal) the most pleasing part for Bartlett. As he remarked “it wasn’t just Kurt scoring three”.
DK finished the game with 10 after one of their players was red-carded for bringing Jackson Haussler down in the box, but the way that his side were playing Bartlett didn’t feel that made a big difference.
The win pushes them 17 points clear at the top.
East Armidale joined DK on 28 points in equal second with a 2-1 win over North Armidale while North Companions were victorious over South Armidale 1-nil.