IN A top of the table clash, Norths United and Oxley Vale Attunga will move their round 17 McDonald’s Northern Inland Premier league match to the big stage when they play a curtain raiser for an A-League trial match.
The Newcastle Jets and the Central Coast Mariners will go head to head in a top grade trial match at Scully Park on August 13.
With the Redmen and OVA sitting first and second on the ladder, the match is set to be the highlight of the round.
Norths’ coach Scott Freeman is excited his side have been chosen to play on such a big stage.
“It means that we are doing the right things on the football field to be noticed,” he said.
“It was what we were saying as a collective group.
“I don’t think there is a player that is unavailable that game.
“Even the injured players are available.”
He said the match will be crucial for the Redmen in securing top place on the ladder.
“[We are] thrilled to our back teeth, itching to go and hopefully we put in a good performance against OVA,” he said.
“If we get over OVA, that would probably go a long way to securing a definite top two position.”
The match is part of the Newcastle Jets’ tour of the Tamworth region.
The A-league team will spend three days training and engaging with the community.
The Jets will conduct clinics in Tamworth and Muswellbrook as well as visit schools in Armidale, Tamworth and Gunnedah.
Newcastle Jets Chief Executive Officer, Lawrie McKinna the visit to the area represents a great opportunity for the club to engage with its member and supporter base.
“As a club we are delighted by the prospect of returning to regional Northern NSW for a second consecutive year,” he said.
“We know we have a number of avid members and supporters in the region.”
Norths verse OVA commences at 1pm with the trial match at 4pm.
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