East Armidale beat Tamworth

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Corby Kliendienst scored two goals for East Armidale in their win against Tamworth on Saturday. File pic.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Corby Kliendienst scored two goals for East Armidale in their win against Tamworth on Saturday. File pic.

They didn’t have the best of starts to the McDonald’s Northern Inland Premier League season but East Armidale have hit back with two wins from their last three matches. 

Their latest on Saturday was a come-from-behind win against Tamworth FC. 

Easts conceded two goals in the opening 30 minutes before a revival late in the first half helped them on their way to win. 

Corby Kliendienst scored the home side’s first goal shortly before the break before he backed it up and nailed his second after Tamworth lost two players. 

Liam Hackett delivered the final blow in the final 10 minutes to take the lead and the win for East Armidale. 

“[We] came out in the second half and had a bit of ascendency,” captain Trent Irwin said. 

“The boys didn't drop their heads, we had a lot of confidence in our ability to come back and it was just that positive attitude.

“We knew what we had to do, we just had to keep our structure and play the easy options.”

Easts lost their first three matches of the season before hitting their straps in round four against South Armidale to win 4-1. 

After a “rollercoaster” beginning to 2017, Irwin rated the win against Tamworth as his team’s finest game yet. 

"I think it was our best performance of the season,” he said. 

"It has been a slow start to the season, we have had a few boys out with injuries and other personal commitments so it has been hard to get a full squad together.” 

They face their toughest challenge yet against an undefeated Norths United this Saturday. 

Irwin believes it will be a good test for his team. 

"One of their key components is to have the bulk of the possession,” he said. 

"We just need to just keep a tight structure and not let them create too many opportunities.

"We have a lot of fast, quick, dynamic players so I think we have to aim to get them on the counter attack.