Competitions

Premier Division – Round 11 Preview

July 2nd, 2021

Forecast rain could leave football fans disappointed again this weekend in the North West.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Tamworth is expecting between 1 and 6 millimeters of rain on Saturday, though already wet fields could make football difficult.

At Gipps Street, South United is scheduled to face North Companions, while Tamworth FC welcome Kootingal to Johnson Field. The top of the table OVA battles it out with Moore Creek.

According to Mushies coach Tim Coates, his side needs to combine across the park in order to secure three points.

“A good performance will be continued improvement and a cohesive team effort,” Coates said.

“Playing our football and not getting confused about what that is, respecting the opposition and making/taking our chances.”

Adam Watson returns for the competition heavyweights who sit eight points clear of Gunnedah at the top of the table.

“We also welcome back another familiar face in Nash Tapp who is available for the rest of the year travelling back from Uni to play each week,” Coates said.

Stand in Moore Creek coach Andrea Caetano is quick to acknowledge the hard task in front of his side, though is excited by the challenge.

“We have got to play hard as in any other game… But excited as it is against the leaders,” he said.

“If we get into the game believing we can take points out of it but also get the team to perform well and learn from the games regardless of if it’s a win or a loss.”

Moore Creek will be without Adam Jones and Samson Jiu for the clash, with the next generation given the opportunity to flourish.

At Gipps Street, North Companions will be out for more of the same when they play South United.

“No change to our approach to this game – possession based and enjoy it,” coach Gavin Thompson said.

“Three points are very important from this game… Being behind Souths on the table we don’t want them to open up a bigger gap between us.”

Norths will need to perform without a number of key people after injuries cruelled the side.

“We are missing a number of players in our spine… Captain and centre back Nick O’Neil, centre midfielder Andrew Mahony and top goal scorer Zac Walters are unavailable for the game,” Thompson said.

Gunnedah has the bye.

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