Old Golds prepared for unbeaten visitors

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After notching their first win of the campaign last Saturday, downing Meads Cup holders East Coast in Ruatoria, North Otago face another tough test in Mid Canterbury tomorrow.

The visitors are one of two teams along with Thames Valley to have a 100 per cent record this term after seeing off Poverty Bay, Horowhenua Kapiti and North Otago’s opening day tourmentors, Wairarapa Bush.

The North Otago faithful will recognise a familiar face amongst the Mid-Canterbury coaching staff as Glen Moore returns to the Whitestone Contracting Stadium after spending three years with the Oamaru team.

Mike Mullins said he is expecting a difficult clash, particularly with Moore’s inside knowledge.

“As always expecting a hard battle,” he said.

“Especially against a side coached by Glen Moore who has a good knowledge of our team being involved with the 2010 ’11 and to a lesser degree ’12 North Otago team.”

Moore’s familiarity with the home side may offer his team a slight advantage but Mid-Canterbury have plenty in their armoury and a habit of killing games off, luckily, North Otago’s last outing seems to have galvanised a steely resolve and cohesion that may have been lacking in their previous outings.

Saturday’s fixture:

North Otago vs Mid-Canterbury

2.30pm, Whitestone Contracting Stadium.