Namoi comes out on top in a seven-goal thriller

Namoi United was celebrating for more than just one reason on Saturday.

Namoi comes out on top in a seven-goal  thriller
Namoi comes out on top in a seven-goal  thriller

The side not only came away with their second victory of the year against Moree FC but also, more importantly, climbed over Moree and out of last position on the Northern Inland Premier League (NIPL) Southern Conference ladder.

The visiting Moree men made Namoi work hard for the crucial three points, pushing the side right to the end in a 4-3 finish in favour of the Namoi Carps.

The weekend’s win has Carps looking likely to have pulled off another great escape and avoid the wooden-spoon for a second year running, with just two games left of the season.

It was never going to be an easy fixture and in true derby style was a tense affair for the full ninety minutes at Hogan Oval.

Luke Stawski, who helped himself to a brace on the day, got the home side on the board first.

Moree struck before half-time to keep it level-pegging at 1-all going into the restart at the second-half.

Carp’s attacker Nathan Hamblin picked up a second-half double, his first coming in the first few minutes of the second-half exchange.

Both Stawski and Hamblin then added a goal each to steer the home side out to a comfortable 4-1 lead.

However Moree came back with two late goals of their own to give the Carps a scare with 10 minutes left on the clock.

“Both teams didn’t play great football on the day but we probably just wanted it more,” Namoi United’s Danny Laws said.

“It was pretty scrappy at times and we weren’t at our full strength.

“Stawski had a great game and deserved his two.

“Still [we’re] pleased to get the points and get off the bottom of the ladder.”

The Namoi United reserve graders also notched its first point of the season, settling for a 1-all draw with the Moree outfit.

They were unlucky not to grab a win as a late Dave Avery strike, which probably would have sealed the game, was instead ruled to be offside and therefore discounted.

This weekend the Namoi United club will travel to Armidale to take on South Scorpions.

The Scorpions sit in last place on the Northern Conference ladder, after
being beaten by Demon Knights 3-nil on Saturday.

Other results in the competition last weekend saw Northern Conference leaders Joey’s FC upset by North Armidale 4-1.

North Companions easily dispatched Tamworth FC 4-1, with Gunnedah United narrowly losing to Southern Conference leaders Oxley Vale-Attunga 1-0.