NORTH Armidale United have cemented their place in the top three of the Northern Inland Premier League after Saturday’s 7-nil thrashing of Guyra.
Norths’ assistant-coach John Edmonds said his side was just glad to return to the field following a few weeks break.
“We have had a fair bit of time off the field so it was good to get out there playing and we really did come out of the blocks firing,” he said.
Norths scored their first goal in the first 10 minutes of the game and took complete control after that.
“It was great to see the boys put the game together so well, we were solid in the midfield, created plenty of chances and won back a lot of possession,” Edmonds said.
Guyra are currently sitting towards the bottom of the ladder, but Norths were wary of complacency.
“We never felt threatened by Guyra, but you still have to go out there and take control and get the job done,” he said.
Saturday‘s game saw the return of Michael Griffiths to the Norths side after four years off the field.
“Griffiths scored a goal and it was great having him back in the midfield and he will be huge asset for Norths going in to the back-half of the season,” Edmonds said.
Norths will now turn their attention to Easts, who Edmonds described as their traditional rival.
“Last time we played Easts they beat us so we are very keen to ensure our winning form continues next weekend,” he said.
“Our first-grade side is starting to build nicely and are starting to look really strong, so we are just hoping we can maintain that for the remainder of the season.”