DROPPING to third on the Sunshine Coast competition ladder means the Gympie women’s Miners soccer side must act now to safeguard its season.
The team was due to play Maroochydore away last night and coach Mike Donaldson stressed the importance of the outing.
“We’re expecting a tough match,” he said.
“It’s a big one for us and we definitely need the points.”
It was not all that long ago the Miners claimed an outright lead on the competition ladder, but a series of losses since has hurt the team.
Donaldson said another loss would make it hard for the team to stay in touch with the top of the ladder.
Maroochydore and Gympie have met twice this year and the Miners carried an edge ahead of last night’s tussle.
The first meeting produced a draw away while Gympie enjoyed a home game victory the second time, winning 3-1.
The side continues to feel the pinch of a depleted squad due to players out on representative duties and injury.
As a consequence, the team has had to reshuffle its line up, resulting in players taking on positions they do not usually occupy.
“It makes it harder on us but we have talented players and I have confidence in the girls,” Donaldson said.
The Gympie girls trained Monday despite numbers being down and focused on passing and player rotation.
A late kick off last night had the Miners take to the field against Maroochydore at 8.30pm.