Clinton sets pace against Centrals
CLINTON is the early season pace-setter in the Central Queensland Premier League despite having to tough it out against neighbour Centrals on Saturday.
Centrals has hardly set the league alight over the years and therefore it was expected Clinton would have the fire-power to cruise to a convincing win.
However, in the end, a 2-1 score was enough to secure maximum points and go clear at the top of the table.
It is still a time for teams to sort themselves out with the most surprising result being the 3-0 win achieved by Bluebirds over Capricorn Coast at Webber Park.
Coach Gary Skinner will be thinking he should stay away from matches more often as, in his absence, Bradd Dillon and Dave Richards took the team and it played its best football of the campaign so far.
“We have started to get a few players back,” Skinner said.
Into the side against Cap Coast went Sean Jasperson and Darcy O'Neill, and Skinner said the reports he received were very positive.
“We have Jordan Polkinghorne coming back from Brisbane next week,” he said.
On target for Bluebirds were Brydon Hume with two goals and O'Neill got the other.
“It was the best Brydon has played, he was really looking for the ball,” Skinner said.
On Saturday Bluebirds have the return match with Berserker – the team they drew 1-1 with just a couple of weeks ago.
Honours were shared at Pilbeam Park with Berserker's Dylan Walters scoring a late equaliser against Nerimbera.
The home side were missing the suspended Tristan Fraser but still created enough chances to win the match.
Michael Cay opened the scoring for Berserker but that was rubbed out by Matthew Black who slotted a well taken solo effort against his old club.
Black rubbed salt into the Berserker wounds when his centre found Brandon Butler unmarked to steer the ball home.
Berserker coach Robijn Staal said he was happy with the way his squad is coming together.
“We went better than we did against Bluebirds,” he said.
The coach admitted there is still work to be done, especially with his attack.
Defensively he said Steven Van Den Ban had a solid game.
In the other match Parkana came from behind to beat Southside 5-4.