EAST ARMIDALE were delivered another blow to their 2012 campaign after suffering a 5-nil loss to North Armidale.
Easts coach Daniel Preston said that he was happy with how his side went despite the score.
“We had five players back up from reserve grade and I think we suffered under that fatigue,” he said.
Going into half time North Armidale only led Easts 1-nil.
“A lot of their goals came later in the game and combined with many of our players’ fatigue, it was always going to be a tough ask to get on top of Norths,” Preston said.
Easts have suffered recently from the absence of a number of players and Saturday was no exception.
“We have really struggled to field a full team the past few weeks and that hasn’t really helped us,” Preston said.
Saturday’s game saw a number of players on debut for first grade and Preston said his side performed well against the strong Norths side.
“We used it as an opportunity to get some of the players in reserve grade to really step and tackle Norths, who are certainly in form.”
“We were focused for the full 90 minutes, we stuck to the game plan that we are slowly trying to get back to and we handled ourselves well for a team that played two games straight’ he said.
Easts have now slipped outside the top four in the Northern Inland Premier League but Preston said this hasn’t effected his team’s morale.
“We aren’t too disheartened and I think this has fired us all up a bit for the back-end of the season.”
Easts now have a bye before facing Inverell.
In other Premier Leagues northern conference games, South Armidale defeated Glen Innes 5-1 while Inverell defeated Guyra 2-0.
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