EARLIER this season, East Armidale out-played North Armidale to claim victory, but speaking ahead of tomorrow’s re-match, Norths’ assistant coach John Edmunds said his side is looking to restore order.
“We were defeated by Easts last time we played and this has fired up the boys going in to this weekend’s match,” he said.
“Our 7-nil win over Guyra last weekend is a positive sign we are definitely on the right track.”
Norths are currently sitting in third place on the Northern Inland Premier League and this weekend Edmunds said his side are looking to capitalise on their strengths.
“Our performances have been solid, but sometimes we don’t utilise the opportunities we create,” he said.
“We want to create more opportunities because this means more chances to score.”
Easts were delivered a 5-nil thrashing by Souths last weekend, but coach Daniel Preston said it was the result his side needed.
“Last weekend’s result has put us in the right frame of mind to get us fired up,” he said
Preston said his side needs to treat this game like any other and get back to playing a controlled game.
“The biggest thing we need to do is to take control of their middle section and get back to playing the type of football that we are capable of playing,” he said.
A number of Easts players will be absent this weekend, but they intend to see it as an opportunity rather than an excuse.
“We are going to use this game to get a number of guys from lower grades to step up and face what probably is the benchmark team of the competition,” he said.
“If we can come away with a win this will be a huge credit to the boys.”
In other Premier League games, South Armidale will face Glen Innes at Armidale Sportsground; Guyra will play Joeys in Guyra while Demon Knights have a bye.
- Siobhan McCarthy