AFTER slipping to second place on the Sunshine Coast Competition ladder, the Gympie women's Miners soccer outfit is keen to prevent any further freefall.
The side travelled away last night to play Buderim and team manager Angela Williams said the game carried a great degree of importance.
“We want to hold onto outright second and we need this game to do that,” she said.
Buderim is breathing down Gympie's neck – only a single point behind in third place.
Should Gympie lose, the team may slip down to third or even fourth, depending on the outcome of Maroochydore's match.
Leading the competition is Caboolture and the side is experiencing a run of form, opening up a five point lead at the top.
Last time Gympie met Buderim at home, the Miners prevailed 3-1 in a testing match.
Williams said the entire team would need to fire to have any hope of toppling Buderim.
“We have a great front line and defence, including our keeper Kiah Monk, so if we all play well we will win,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Gympie outfit continued to be troubled by injury. Bianca Connell was out with a hip injury that flared up during last Friday night's game while Kirra Mieran is still out with a broken toe.
To address the niggling injuries bothering the side, the Miners had been given the week off training to rest and heal up.
“Hopefully this will work in our favour and the girls will have fresh legs,” Williams said.