Diggers go down fighting in close one against the Wanderers
FOOTBALL: The Gympie Diggers division one team took a stand at home against the fourth-placed Buderim Wanderers last Saturday, going down by one goal.
It was an unfortunate loss for the Diggers at One Mile Ovals, going down 3-2 in the last minute of the match.
After getting a break in the first-half and leading 1-0 after a goal by Adam Cross, it looked like the Diggers could make it all the way.
Diggers player Billy Bayldon said they had a lot of missed chances and failed to capitalise on opportunities.
He said after the break, the Wanderers came back, scoring two quick goals to put the Diggers on the back foot.
Bayldon scored the equaliser heading into the final 15 minutes of the game.
He said during this time, both teams were desperately competing to secure a final goal.
"They (Buderim) scored in the last 10 seconds," Bayldon said.
"But it was still a good result for us."
Bayldon said the Diggers did well despite having players out but after a good warm-up, the team clicked.
He said it is always good to play at home.
"It helps us not having to travel".
Although playing without their usual centre-back, the Gympie side was able to form a strong defensive line.
He said they have been working on defensive patterns and keeping a set structure to make it harder for Buderim to get through.
The Diggers came out of the game unscathed, apart from Dale Tucker who sustained a hamstring injury near the end of proceedings.
Bayldon said no player in the Gympie side stood out as the whole team worked together as one unit.
Gympie will play Beerwah Glasshouse (Bee Gees) this Saturday.
The Diggers defeated the Bee Gees 3-0 in round four this season at home.
Bayldon said Jarrod Healy would hopefully return for this Saturday's match after being away with work commitments.