Northern Inland Premier League soccer: Norths United upset Demon Knights

CAUSING UPSETS: Norths United did their best to influence the make up of the final four with a win against finals-bound DK on Saturday.
CAUSING UPSETS: Norths United did their best to influence the make up of the final four with a win against finals-bound DK on Saturday.

Norths United are out of the semi-finals race but are doing their best to ensure they have an influence on the make up of the top four. 

The Redmen spoiled Demon Knights’ plan to cement second spot with a 1-nil triumph in their round 20 clash on Saturday. 

“We are not going to make semis and we enjoy causing problems for other clubs when it is like that,” co-coach Scott Freeman said. 

The last time the two sides met in a round six catch-up game, DK delivered the Redmen a 5-goal thumping. 

“I think they went into it very cocky because the last time they played us they beat us 5-nil,” Freeman said. 

“We had played the day before and for some of our guys it was game number four for the weekend.

“On Saturday it was game number one for 90 per cent of them.”

Freeman said his team were better across the park than their opponents. 

“We played some very, very good football,” he said. 

“DK are a good side but our guys just played better then they did on the day.” 

Despite the loss, Demon Knights are still semi-finals bound but Freeman said they will have to step up if they want to make a play for the Northern Inland Premier League title. 

“They have got some quality players, they are going to cause some problems,” he said. 

“But they are going to have to turn it on. 

“If they can't beat us they are going to find it hard.

“This has been our worst season for a long time.”

The Redmen will wrap up their season this Saturday when they face cellar dwellers South Armidale for round 21. 

Luck has not gone the way of Norths will dwindling player numbers and season ending injuries hampering their season and they lost one more in the DK game. 

“We lost another player for probably the season again,” Freeman said. 

“One of our players dislocated his knee and had it popped back in so he won't be playing this weekend.”