Depleted Miners pledge to fight on
A LEAD at the top of the Sunshine Coast competition ladder was on the line last night as the Gympie women’s Miners soccer side travelled to Woombye for battle against Caboolture.
Team manager Angela Williams said the clash was important to maintain an outright lead.
“If we draw, we can retain top spot but a loss will probably see us drop to third spot,” she said.
The potential to fall into third place came as a result of a tightly packed leader board.
As of last night, Gympie was clear by two points at the top.
Williams was expecting a difficult encounter with Caboolture, compounded by a chronic shortage of players.
In-form keeper Kiah Monk was absent from the game, prompting a drastic reshuffle to fill the void.
Key striker Rebekah Martin had Year 12 study commitments while Kirra Mieran was ruled out with a severely bruised toe on doctor’s orders.
Instead of a squad of 16, Gympie was due to send down only 11 players.
“This will cut back our interchange options and give us no room to breathe with injuries,” William said.
“We are down to the bare bones and it will be a struggle.”
Troubling the side will be its scrappy 3-1 win over Kawana away last Friday night.
Against a struggling side, Gympie was made to work for its win and showed signs of form difficulties on foreign turf.
Scoring for Gympie was Kym Priem, Rebekah Martin and Kylie Rayson.