Speedy left-footer Jarod Healy is back in action for the Diggers this weekend.
Speedy left-footer Jarod Healy is back in action for the Diggers this weekend. John McCutcheon

Diggers eager to repeat feat

GYMPIE Diggers are looking to continue their stellar season this weekend against familiar opponents Sunbury in the fifth round of the Fraser Coast League.

Defeating the Maryborough side 5-1 in last weekend's match, Diggers will still be taking the field with caution, coach Jeff Manthey said.

He said they would be wary of their long balls and be looking to suppress their key players.

"Last week they snatched a quick goal because we let them have too much space," he said. "We have worked on putting pressure on payers and shutting down their possession."

Sitting on top of the Fraser Coast ladder, the Diggers side sponsored by Bebrock Excavations and River Dental welcomes back former fire player Jarod Healy this weekend.

The agile winger is renowned for making plays in the midfield and whipping across quick balls, moves which Manthey hopes will give the side additional confidence in the attacking phase of the game.

Throughout this week's training sessions, the team worked on keeping composure in the front third and also keeping quick tempo and movement with the ball.

Manthey said his team had been struggling with communication in recent games. which might affect the team against tougher sides.

"Hopefully, we can get some talk happening in this weekend's game," he said.

"Communication is vital for a team because it gives players an extra sense of what surrounds them, which, in turn, produces more composure and confidence."

The Diggers reserve grade side will also play Sunbury this weekend, following a dominant display against Bayside Strikers last Saturday.

Coach Steve Manthey said his team has been performing exceptionally well in past weeks, with Daniel Allen and Jason Lord showing great form.

Both teams play away this Saturday with A-grade at 7pm and reserve grade at 5pm.

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