GYMPIE Fire upped their performance for last Saturday's rematch against Bundaberg Spirit, scoring a 2-0 win against the home team.
The team had played Bundaberg and won only the week before but coach Andrew Catton said he wanted to see the Fire improve before they met the Spirit again for last Saturday's catch-up round.
He said this week that the boys stepped it up but wouldn't deny there was still room for more improvement.
"They did better than last week," Catton said.
He said the team still needed to work on its execution and become faster and stronger.
Catton praised the team's determination though, which showed after captain Brady Watt was sent off with 30 minutes left on the clock.
He said the remaining 10 team-mates banded together to put a second point on the board and stop the Spirit even getting a look in.
"I can't fault their guts and effort," Catton said.
"That gutsiness isn't something you can coach."
Regular stand-outs Josh Cronk, Daniel Haas, Tim Hollingworth and Jamie Van Beek again put up a tough fight against the Sprit.
Catton granted the team some recovery time this week by pushing training back from Monday and Wednesday to Friday.
It would give the team a rest before they took the field at Stockland Park against the Sunshine Coast Fire this Sunday.
Catton said the game would be a tough one but hoped the past two wins against Bundaberg would make for a confident Fire side.
"It will be a hard game but hopefully we can get away with some points on them," he said.
Catton thought the Fire has the goods to win this weekend and if they do, it will boost the team up the ladder and set them up for better ladder placings later in the season.
"If we can win this week, it will get us back in the hunt," he said.
"I've seen most of the teams in the comp and there's not really a team in the league we can't beat."
Sunshine Coast sits at third place on the ladder.
The Gympie Fire play Sunshine Coast Fire at Stockland Park this Sunday at 4pm.