Gympie Diggers Joel Albion is ready to play Doon Villa this weekend after smashing Sunbury at the weekend.
Gympie Diggers Joel Albion is ready to play Doon Villa this weekend after smashing Sunbury at the weekend. Hayden Johnson

Diggers continue hot streak in Fraser Coast League

GYMPIE Diggers have once again proven to Sunbury why they are on top of the Fraser Coast League at the weekend smashing the side 4-1.

Coach Jeff Manthey said the game was hard-fought with Sunbury throwing everything they had at them - including their bodies.

"The Sunbury side was very physical, they were penalised with four yellow cards and one red during the match," he said.

"The lads knew they had to stick together and play 'touch and go' football to get past their well-built players."

Coming away from the first half leading 1-0, the Diggers side was confident if they held composure they could knock in several more goals.

The Sunbury side struck back however in the first 10 minutes of the second half whipping in a fast cross which was finished by a great-positioned striker.

Manthey said it was a good goal but definitely could have been stopped by better positioning of his back line.

"Their goal was due to a mistake on our part, hopefully we can fix that up in training this week," he said.

Picking up the tempo after conceding a goal, the Diggers side made full use of their fitness smashing in another three to leave the final tally 4-1.

This weekend the side will play Doon Villa in the second round of the four-cities' competition.

Manthey said their last bout with the side resulted in a 2-2 draw but was hoping for better results with the return of players.

"When we faced Doon Villa in our first round we were unfortunate to have six players missing," he said.

"This week we will almost have a full team so hopefully the game can go our way."

The reserve-grade side were unlucky to go down 4-1 in their fixture against Sunbury.

The teams sponsored by Bebrock Excavations and River Dental will train twice this week in preparation for the weekend's match.

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