PIVOTAL MAN: Gympie United midfielder Billy Bayldon played out of position on the right last weekend against NYU and was able to cause a few problems for the opposition's attack.
PIVOTAL MAN: Gympie United midfielder Billy Bayldon played out of position on the right last weekend against NYU and was able to cause a few problems for the opposition's attack. Troy Jegers

What has the Gympie Gladiators on the front foot

FOOTBALL: A strong start has been the focus for the Gympie United Gladiators and in the past few games their coach has praised his side.

"We spoke about starting strong and we scored within two minutes against Nambour-Yandina United,” coach Kyle Nix said.

"They played well and created chances. It was 1-all at half-time and I was happy with the second half,” Nix said.

Gympie United vs Caloundra - #8 Liam Watson
Gympie United vs Caloundra - #8 Liam Watson Troy Jegers

"There were a couple of mistakes and NYU capitalised but they didn't give up.

"NYU scored twice and in the last five minutes we scored and then again in the last 30seconds to draw 3-all.”

Captain Liam Watson played his first game back from injury.

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"Liam always makes a difference playing in the team,” Nix said. "He will be a big player for Gympie in the next couple of years.

"Also Crossy (Adam Cross) did really well, he had a good work rate and Billy (Bayldon) played out of position on the right and caused NYU defensive problems.”

Adam Cross
Adam Cross Troy Jegers

There was no break for Gympie who backed up from the weekend to play Noosa on Tuesday.

"We started well, we were 2-nil up after 13 minutes,” Nix said.

"Noosa on paper are the best team in the league. We lost 4-2 but gave them a good test.”

The Gladiators head to Maroochydore to take on the Swans and Nix said his boys needed to play well.

Gympie Gladiators 2019 - coach Kyle Nix.
Gympie Gladiators 2019 - coach Kyle Nix. Bec Singh

"We need to be consistent and concentrate,” he said. "The boys are doing really well and working as a unit. When I look at the tapes they are more structured as a team unit.

"There are a lot of positives and that is credit to the lads for how they are doing. There is a lot of confidence amongst the team.”

Gladiators v Swans at 6pm at Maroochydore Swans FC F1.

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