Northern Inland Football's decision to scrap the Saturday round of this weekend's double header is fortuitous for Gunnedah FC, says their captain, Matt Williams.
Third-placed Gunnedah were due to play second-placed North Companions on Saturday in Tamworth but that round 14 match - along with all the games in that round - will be replayed at later day.
Williams said that was due to a lack of match officials because of the Primary School Games being held in Tamworth on Saturday.
And that decision, which Gunnedah only found out about this week, is fine by a side who are still struggling with injuries.
In Gunnedah's last match, before having a bye last round, their long unbeaten run was snapped when Hillvue beat them 2-0.
Instead of their next match after that defeat being against the powerful Northies, Gunnedah will face last-placed Quirindi at home on Sunday.
Had Gunnedah played Northies on Saturday, Williams said the club's priority would have been to get that win. "But now it's versus Quirindi, we can play both our normal squads and hope for the two wins," he said.
"I think, still, with a few players out, it's probably not bad for us [to not be playing Northies]. I think we'll actually be in a better position later in the season to play them [Northies]."
Gunnedah FC have slipped from first on the table to third behind Souths Lightning and North Companions.
Williams said the mood within the side was still "fairly positive".