Gympie Diggers lose by an inch at One Mile
FOOTBALL: Gympie Diggers couldn't take a trick on Saturday night, going down to Nambour 2-1 at One Mile.
Diggers threw everything at the visiting side with at least three shots hitting the woodwork and denying the Gympie side a much-needed win.
Nambour scored first with a cracking goal in the first half and then an own goal by Nambour levelled the score before half-time.
Diggers manager Darren Mitchell said his team tried everything to push for a win in the second half but it backfired when a goal, against the run of play put the Diggers behind 2-1.
"We had everyone forward pressing for a goal," Mitchell said.
"They got one on one with our keeper and scored.
"We played poorly. We just really didn't get a hold of the ball in the midfield.
"We had our opportunities but hit the crossbar a few times."
One other factor in the loss was that Diggers only had 20 players to call on in both Division 1 and 2.
Players had to back up after the Division 2 game.
"It's not ideal and doesn't help," Mitchell said.
"We have played better against classier teams but we did have a few first-graders out."
Player/coach Joachim Klein was one who was missed in the middle.
Mitchell said Klein was still recovering from bruised ribs although he did have a run with the Division 2 side.
Diggers will be back at home against Maroochydore on Saturday.
It's a match Mitchell said the boys would have to "pull their fingers out for" if they were to match it with the Coast side.
"They are a quality team," Mitchell said.
"We are at home and hoping for a big crowd to watch some quality football."