IN FORM: Diggers coach Danny Baker named defender Liam Watson as one of his side's best at the weekend.
IN FORM: Diggers coach Danny Baker named defender Liam Watson as one of his side's best at the weekend. JAMES LOOSE

Gympie Diggers finally break drought

FOOTBALL: Diggers have taken the first steps to rectify their slow start in the 2017 premiership with a hard fought 3-2 win over Nambour Yandina at One Mile at the weekend.

Veteran forward Adam Cross was solid in his return for the club, as was defender Liam Watson.

Diggers coach Danny Baker said that while his side has a long way to go to securing a top four spot come season end, his players took a lot out of the win on Saturday.

"We have changed some of our tactics slightly,” Baker told The Gympie Times.

"We just seemed to click.

"We have had time together now and we have some added quality in the team.

"We have enjoyed more numbers as well.”

It is Diggers' first win of the McDonald's men's premiership.

The maroon and white will now face an inconsistent Caloundra this week in Gympie.

In other football news Noosa coach Kevin A'herne Evans was left bemoaning the presence of Tim Cornthwaite after the Maroochydore goal keeper denied his side time and again on Saturday night.

The Lions were beaten 2-1 by the Swans at Kunda Park in a top-of-the-table round 10 clash of Sunshine Coast Football's premier men's competition.

And it was custodian Corthwaite which cruelled the visitor's chances.

"I think he must have something against Noosa,” A'herne-Evans said.

"Every time he plays us he seems to be the best player on the park.

"We had four one-on-ones and multiple opportunities from crosses (in the second half) but we just couldn't get the ball past Tim, so credit to him.

"He's an outstanding keeper and he had a great game.”

In his fifth season for the Swans in the region's top flight, Cornthwaite has been a prevalent force at the club, which has had plenty of success in that time.

The Martins Creek crew is on track for another title too.

The side is seven points clear of second-placed Noosa in the nine-team competition.

There's still 17 rounds remaining but A'herne- Evans believed it would be tough to run down the Swans in the race for the regular season premiership.

In other matches, Beerwah Glasshouse and Buderim battled to a goalless draw at Glasshouse Mountains and Woombye beat Caloundra 3-1 at Meridan Plains.

Gympie Times


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