HOME STRETCH: Inverell’s Tom McGregor and New England Nomads’ Tom Hunt and Callum Maljors fight for the ball in Saturday’s match. NEW England Nomads have one game left in the Tamworth AFLbefore they head into the finals series to defend their title.

The Nomads hosted Inverell at Bellevue Oval on Saturday and pushed the Saints further down the ladder with a 189 to 15 point thumping.

The local side looked to put together a full-game performanceand have done that in their last two matches with447 scoredto only 25 points conceded.

“They had a few players out but from our point of view, you can only beat who is out in front of you and we couldn’t have done much better,” coach Jed Ellis-Cluff said.

“The week before against Moree we played really well skills-wise and just really perfected everything we were working on and thankfully it carried over into Saturday’s game.

“The voice and the intensity was right up and the skills followed for most the game.

“We are just aiming to keep building on what we have done.

“The last two weeks [was] defintely the best footy we have played all year and we are definitely trying to build on something.”

The Tamworth AFL season heads into its final competition round this weekend with the Nomads versing the fourth-placed Bulldogs.

With the minor premiership and a spot in the major semi-final already guaranteed, theNomads will rest key players to have them fit and firing for the upcoming finals series.

“The last couple of weeks have been really good but we might have a little bit of a down week this week because of uni holidays and we picked up a few little injuries on the weekend and we will put them on ice,” Ellis-Cluff said.

“It isn’t worth risking them before the first final.

“We will keep working on our structures this weekend.

“We will be missing a few blokes so we just hope to get away with the win but it is not be all and end all.”

The Nomads are likely to face last year’s grand finalists Tamworth Roos in the first semi-final to secure the a grand final spot.

The Roos were due to play Narrabri in Saturday’s game but an Eaglesplayer shortage saw the match cancelled.

Heading into the finals Ellis-Cluff expects the Roos to be the toughest competition for his side.

“They haven’t played much footy of the last couple of months,” he said.

“They knocked Inverell off up there by two points a few weeks ago.

“They are always thereabouts.

“They have a really good squad.

“The last time we played them they had a few players out so we didn’t really get a good look at them but the first time we played them earlier in the year it was a 10 point match and I think that was pretty reflective of where the teams were at.”

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