SUPPLIED CONTENT – 03 JUNE 2021
Round six of the Tamworth women’s division will be headlined by a top of the table match between ladder leaders Tamworth and second placed Oxley Vale Attunga. The two sides are split by just one point on the table with North Companions White the next best in third.
“We will go in with the same approach we have all year,” Tamworth coach Chris Hughes said.
“Try to play the ball to our feet as much as possible, hold our shape in defence and make sure we take our chances.
It will be a similar stance heading into the game from the Steve Doherty coached Oxley Vale Attunga.
“Same approach as always, try to play good quality football and enjoy the game,” he said.
“Tamworth are such a good pressing side and give you little time on the ball so that is the first hurdle. Winning first and second balls also crucial.”
Doherty listed ball movement, ball speed, and finding space as crucial in scoring a result.
“A good performance will be on in which we construct well under pressure and take more good options than bad,” he said.
“Being structured and organised in defense is something we have been working on so improvement there would also be a plus.”
Tamworth mentor Chris Hughes believes the top-of-the-table match up will be a simple case of the team who takes their chances will come out victorious.
“I think whichever side takes their chances in front of goal will finish with three points,” he said.
“It is typically a hard fought, close game between the two clubs. Each side will create chances, we just need to make sure we finish ours.”
Hughes will wait until match-day morning to determine his starting eleven with a number of players in doubt with both injury and illness.
Elsewhere on Saturday, it is a derby day in Quirindi, while at Marius Street North Companions’ White and Black sides will battle it out.
“It is always a good hit out but with couple of new girls this will make it very interesting. Everyone is upbeat and loves training every training session we get about 20 ladies,” North Companions coach Pat Warren said.
“It is a very family friendly environment to be in where the only requirement is to have fun and success follows easily after that.”
As for who to watch on Saturday, Warren was full of praise for players on both sides including lifelong friends Ellen Carter & Samie Wilkie.
“They have an awareness as to where each other are or will be,” he said.
The left side attack of North Companions Black, which includes Taleisha Bartlett, Emma Allen, Kayla Todd, and Chantelle Corby will also be a combination to watch according to the coach.
“They will be hard to stop… They will come down Samie Wilkie’s side in defence so it will be interesting to see how the White side deal with it.”
Kootingal Purple host South United, while Kootingal White has the bye.