Gympie Diggers players shut down Doon Villa’s Colin Bassett.
Gympie Diggers players shut down Doon Villa’s Colin Bassett. Hayden Johnson

Diggers on top of table

JEFF Manthey is confident his A-grade Diggers side can continue its stellar season this weekend against Bundaberg powerhouse Bingera.

Manthey said his team had plenty of confidence after its dominant display against Kawungan Sandy Straits last weekend.

Defeating Kawungan 5-0, the local team is in high spirits ahead of this weekend's game against Bingera.

Playing away at the unfamiliar Bundaberg fields, Diggers front the Bundy rivals without key player Joachim Klein after his red card against Doon Villa.

Now in the third round of the four-cities competition, Diggers top the ladder of the 10-round competition.

Manthey said if Diggers wanted to win this weekend's game, they needed to hold composure in the first 15 minutes of play instead of rushing and making mistakes.

"In the last couple games we have been too eager to score in the early stages of the match," he said.

"We want to have a quick tempo with our ball movement but instead, the boys are currently exhausting themselves by running the ball."

Going undefeated this season, the team looks to be unstoppable in the Fraser Coast League after a grim season last year.

Manthey said the injection of new players and a great structure was the reason for the turnaround.

"We have had several players from the last year's Gympie Fire join the squad along with boys that have been paying down the coast," he said.

"They have really meshed well as a squad and fill all the roles perfectly."

Young guns Grant Luhrs and Lachlan Manthey have stepped up and demonstrated Diggers has a prominent future ahead, the keen coach said.

Captain Nathan Nolan will lead the team sponsored by River Dental and Bebrock Excavations on Saturday when the game kicks off at 7pm.

Lookout for result from the big clash in next week's Tuesday paper.

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