Namoi League – Round 8 Preview

June 25th, 2021

It will be a battle of mates when Narrabri and the Elevens clash on Saturday at Hogan Oval. The-top-of-the-table Narrabri hold the edge this season, though expect fireworks with both side’s hosting a strong lineup.

“With our squad we are nearing full strength which will be available from next week and I hope this can continue for the rest of the year as we have had numerous injuries thus far this year,” Narrabri coach Neil Brayshaw said.

Brayshaw last week threw caution to the wind with a new formation, which at full time had seen the home side run out 3-1 winners over Wee Waa.

“Our focus is to build on our new formation of four-three-three that we played in last week’s game,” he said.

“It was our first outing with the new structure, and it was a credit to the squad to take on board. It just gives us more options in the midfield if we lose possession to be able to defend.”

Despite holding top-spot, Brayshaw believes his side has another gear to find if they can reduce lapses in concentration.

“Our main aim for the rest of the season is to be more consistent across the whole 90 minutes and not to drift in and out of games which has been our biggest problem,” he said.

Meanwhile, Wee Waa welcome Moree to Cook Oval for their round eight clash. Two-points separates the two sides on the table, who are second and third respectively.

“The match will be won or lost by displaying a nice passing game and some well-timed counterattack,” Wee Waa coach Shane Soutter said.

The home side could be without star fullback Jayden Hamblin with Soutter to confirm his starting side closer to kick-off. The focus for Soutter has been around what his side does on the ball.

“A good performance will be based around passing and shooting and positional play,” he said.

“Just trying to stay positive so the team can continue to grow.”

Both games are scheduled to get underway at 3pm.

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