CAPTAIN: Nathan Nolan of Gympie United.
CAPTAIN: Nathan Nolan of Gympie United. LEEROY TODD

Promising start to the season for Gympie United

FOOTBALL: Gympie United coach Kyle Nix says his charges can afford to have more confidence after their promising start to the season.

The new-look side has claimed two draws in as many starts, against Nambour Yandina and Maroochydore, in the Sunshine Coast's premier men's competition.

And they've managed to do that despite having a player red carded in each match.

"And I think last week against Maroochydore ... we were unlucky not to be in front at half time by at least a couple of goals,” Nix said.

"It's good to get two draws but in saying that we could have easily come away with four points instead of two so that's a really positive thing.”

His team is a joint venture between four clubs at Gympie - Diggers, Columbia, Lions and Golden City.

The Diggers struggled in the Sunshine Coast premier men's competition for the past three seasons, collecting the wooden spoon last year.

But the competition's new northern outfit have started this season with some hope.

Still, Nix says they can play with more assuredness.

"I still think the boys can show a bit more confidence and belief in themselves, because we showed we can match it with Maroochydore who are (reigning) champions,” he said.

"I think we'll build more confidence every week with the more games we play together.”

Nix said his expectations for the team this season are to be competitive.

"We don't want to be a push-over, which maybe has been the case (with the Diggers) in the last couple of years,” he said.

Nix, formerly of Nambour Yandina United, said the Diggers had been tricky opponents at times in the past few seasons, but not regularly enough.

"I think we're trying to get more consistency,” he said.

Four teams will feature in the play-offs.

"Finals, you never know. We'll probably see where we're at after nine or 10 games,” he said.

Nix lauded their tenacity to get two draws while under-manned, with captain Nathan Nolan leading the way against the Swans.

"He rallied the troops together and players like that have kept the lads going to the last whistle in the last two games and that's the never-say-die attitude,” he said.

"(But) we need to keep disciplined for a full 90 minutes and try and not get suspensions.”

His team will host Woombye on Saturday (5pm). In 6pm matches, Caloundra hosts Buderim, Coolum hosts Beerwah Glasshouse, Kawana hosts Nambour Yandina and Maroochydore hosts Noosa in a grand final re-match.

CALOUNDRA and Woombye are set to clash in round three of the FFA Cup preliminaries after winning their respective midweek matches.

The Eagles continued their penchant for doing well in the nationwide knock-out competition by beating Buderim 2-0 at Meridan Plains on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Snakes continued their strong form by beating Maroochydore 2-1 at Kunda Park on Wednesday.

They will collide at the Snake Pit next week.



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