Heading into round 10's Northern Inland Premier League clash with Demon Knights, South Armidale president Joe Campbell said the Scorpions would "have to be on from the start."
In their previous encounter, DK got the jump on Souths early and North Companions did the same and the Scorpions were determined to make amends.
"You never know what you are going to get with those guys [DK]," Campbell said.
"Last time we played them they showed us we need to be on our game to play them."
Campbell said a "couple of early goals really opened up the game" which contributed to their 4-1 win over their local rivals.
"We played pretty well, I still think we have a bit of improvement in us but I think the effort was there," he said.
"Just our execution at times, probably let us down a little bit more."
Campbell said Tom Campbell was a standout performer.
"Tom Campbell had a brilliant game," he said.
"He was man-of-the-match by a fair way.
"A good battle against his brother, it was a good battle to watch on the sidelines."
Norths United played host to Oxley Vale Attunga and battled for a 2-1 triumph.
The Redmen had a player send off in the second stanza and coach John Edmunds was pleased with how his side dug in to get the win.
"We had to tough it out for the last half hour of the game," he said.
"We had a player sent off so we hung on.
"When a player got sent off they really knuckled down and fought hard to get the victory."
Edmunds found both the good and areas to improve from the match.
"We played well in patches again, created plenty of chances, didn't put them all away," he said.
"It was a good solid performance by the team really.
"The whole defence was just really good the whole game."