Diggers in hot form

Former Fire player and current Diggers player Oliver Wittkopf cracked in a last minute goal at the weekend.
Former Fire player and current Diggers player Oliver Wittkopf cracked in a last minute goal at the weekend. Contributed

GYMPIE Diggers have charged to the top of the Fraser Coast Football League following the weekend's 5-1 victory over Maryborough's Sunbury.

Due to wet fields in Maryborough, the Gympie side was gifted with a home game on familiar turf at One Mile.

Following a win over Kingaroy last weekend, Diggers looked to continue strong form and assert their dominance in the Fraser Coast league.

Coach Jeff Manthey said the first half was difficult for his side but they took control after the halftime break.

"The boys dominated the first half but they had trouble capitalising on given opportunities," he said.

"It was 1-1 at halftime and the lads knew they had to step up to secure the win."

The half time talk proved successful after four goals in quick succession slipped past the Sunbury keeper.

Goals from Aaron Walker Jason Wicks, Oliver Wittkopf and skipper Adam Cross established a firm grip on the game and paved the way for the 5-1 victory.

Manthey said youngsters Grant Luhrs and Lachlan Manthey stepped up in the game, keeping a quick tempo and strong physicality.

The Diggers Reserve grade side also won their match, smashing Bayside Strikers 4-0.

Reserve grade coach Steve Manthey said key player Jason Lord had a great performance, cracking a hat-trick, with Dylan McClelland slotting one.

For A-grade this week, training will consist of defence, reading play and finishing, Manthey said.

Both sides travel away this weekend to take on the familiar Sunbury, in Maryborough.

Gympie Times


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