Demon Knights consolidated second spot on the Northern Inland Premier League table with a 1-nil triumph over South Armidale.
Tom Landes notched up DK’s lone goal against a much-improved Scorpions team who sit bottom of the table.
“Souths played very well I have to say,” DK coach Evan Quaife said.
“The keeper played well for Souths, he saved a few, but 1-nil was a fair indication of the game.
“We dominated field position and possession but in saying that, on the counter they were very dangerous and could have had a few goals.
“They could have won the game.”
Quaife was happy with the overall performance but indicated there was still work to be done on parts of the game.
“It was the best we have actually played with our ball movement and moving off the ball but in the end that final third was fairly poor.
“We beat them 1-nil, it was a tough game, it was nerve wracking right until the end, they played well and were dangerous on the counter-attack every time.
They play Tamworth FC who beat East Armidale on Saturday in controversial circumstances.
Quaife said he is aware of their coming opponents’ physicality and unbeaten record and expects them to come out firing.
“I daresay it will be a tough, physical game down there this weekend. We had a close game with them the last time, lost in the last minute,” he said.
“They are undefeated, they are the team to beat.
“We are three points ahead of Easts so again, if we have a loss we will still be running second, but we will have to have the fellas up for the game because it will be a physical battle down there, no doubt about that.
“They are very physical team.
“The referees have got to get on top of things early in the game and let football be played and not let things get out of hand.”