Winning streak ends for Gympie Diggers
GYMPIE Diggers' winning streak came to an end after suffering a season first loss Saturday.
Going down 4-2 to Bundaberg's Bingera, the Gympie side looked to be completely out of the game after the home team smashed in a third goal to make it 3-0 moments after half time.
Bouncing back from the early upset, Diggers managed to get their act together and secure the next two goals. The fight back, however, proved too late when Bundy finished strong, snatching another goal in the dying minutes.
Key player Joel Albion said the team looked flat from the start, letting their rivals snatch an early advantage.
"We just weren't switched on and they quickly noticed and stomped their boot in," he said.
"They capitalised on our mistakes and we struggled to find opportunities to strike back."
The Diggers side was missing key player Joachim Klein due to a suspension for a red card in a previous game, leaving a gap in the mid-field.
Exceptional plays from captain Nathan Nolan and Adam Cross helped the team work their way back into the game, Albion said.
"Those boys never gave up and put their bodies on the line in an attempt to claw our way back into the game," he said.
"We now need to recoup and prepare better ahead of our next game."
Coach Jeff Manthey said the side didn't know what to expect when fronting the Bundy side.
"It was our first time playing a team from Bundaberg so we didn't know their standard of play," he said.
"It's definitely a step above the Maryborough teams and we will take that into account in three weeks when we play another Bundaberg team."
Look out in Saturday's paper for the Diggers game preview.