Originally appeared in Armidale Independent on .

ARMIDALE’S football clubs flexed their muscle in the Northern Inland Premier League on Saturday, with all four clubs scoring wins.
As the two conferences crossed over, South Armidale hammered Moree 10-1 at the Sportsground, East Armidale pipped Gunnedah 4-3 on the Hawks’ patch, while Demon Knights thrashed Narrabri/Wee Waa 7-0 at Rologas.
But the most significant win was North Armidale’s 5-0 triumph over North Companions in Tamworth.
It was a victory of giant proportions as the Redmen sent a message to the competition.
North Armidale stalwart Willow Grieves turned back the clock with a brace, while Declan Druitt, Andrew McGann and Hayden Freeman also stood out.
Redmen goalkeeper Riley Hopwood also played well to keep a clean sheet.
North Companions were previously undefeated ahead of Saturday’s drubbing.
While North Armidale is not on top of the northern conference table – a draw against Demon Knights is the side’s only blemish – the Redmen are certainly the team to beat.
East Armidale, with three wins and a loss, are the leaders of the pack and look well on track to make the finals after a season to forget in 2013, where the side finished on the bottom of the ladder.

RESULTS
Div 1: South Armidale 10 d Moree 1, OVA 4 d Guyra 2, East Armidale 4 d Gunnedah Hawks 3, North Armidale 5 d North Companions 0, Demon Knights 7 d Narrabri/Wee Waa 0, Gunnedah United 4 drew Joeys FC 4.
Div 2: South Armidale 6 d Moree 0, OVA 11 d Guyra 0, East Armidale 7 d Gunnedah Hawks 0, North Armidale 2 d North Companions 1, Demon Knights 4 d Narrabri/Wee Waa 0, Joeys FC 4 d Gunnedah United 1.

LADDERS
Northern Div 1: East Armidale 9, Joeys FC 7, North Armidale 7, South Armidale 6, Demon Knights 4, Guyra 1.
Northern Div 2: South Armidale 9, Joeys FC 9, East Armidale 7, North Armidale 6, Demon Knights 4, Guyra 0.