United ‘good mates’ with Armidale despite crucial losses

After three years and three consecutive semi-final losses to South Armidale, you’d think there would be some animosity stewing in the Gunnedah United camp.

Harley Cheetham puts in the boot for United during the pre-season FFA Cup tournament in Tamworth. Photo: Barry Smith, Northern Daily Leader

Well, apparently not said United coach turned manager, Richard Grant, as the two clubs prepare to face off in this weekend’s Northern Inland Premier League (NIPL) season opener.

“We get on with their mob probably better than any of others,” Grant said, who will run manager’s clipboard after officially handing over the “head coach” reins to striker Andy Cygan.

In the club’s last three NIPL semi-final appearances in, United has lost 4-1, 4-2 and 4-3 to their Armidale rivals.

But you won’t find any grudges being held in this friendly feud. In fact, the two clubs are warmly receptive of each other and relish the good natured competition.

“(Armidale) are great competitors… we’re good mates,” Grant added.

However United is keen to make its presence felt in the round one NIPL fixture at Wolseley Park on Saturday.

The club has made the most of its pre-season game opportunities and featured in a number of tournaments around the region, the latest being the Jan and Kevin Johnson Memorial Carnival in Tamworth.

We would love to send them back over the mountain with zero on the scoreboard

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