Gunnedah FC claimed wins in both first and reserve grade on Saturday against Hillvue but they were by no means easy.
In fact, first grade coach Andy Cygan called his side’s 2-1 victory “probably the hardest game this year”.
“They said that was the best they’ve played as well,” Cygan said of the Rovers first grade outfit.
“Our only downside was quite a few players ended up playing reserves so we probably had tired legs.
“They also had a goal disallowed. Leading 1-0, then they scored but it was disallowed for offside. On another day it could have been a goal.”
Zac Crowhurst had scored the first goal for Gunnedah FC with a good volley at the back post.
Cygan then scored the winner with roughly 20 minutes on the clock. It was first goal in “a few weeks”.
With their latest win under their belt, Gunnedah FC maintain their spot on top of the first grade ladder.
It sets up a tantalising clash with second-placed Quirindi – who are two points adrift of Gunnedah FC – this weekend.
A win would essentially lock down the minor premiership for FC by giving them a five-point gap with two rounds remaining.
Cygan said he was, personally, “more interested in the minor premiership” opposed to taking out the grand final.
“It means more to me. I don’t know if that’s because I’m English but in my eyes, that makes you the best team,” Cygan said of the minor premiership.
Gunnedah FC’s reserve grade side entrenched themselves more deeply in the top four with a 2-0 win over Hillvue.
The score was 1-0 with a goal to Rob Pryor before FC sealed the win when Jayden Thomas – who Cygan said had been “outstanding” this year – scored in the 85th minute.
Gunnedah FC sit in third position on the reserve grade ladder, five points ahead of the fifth-placed Gunnedah United Hawks.