STRIKE: Bingera's Josh Haack prepares to cross the ball into the box.
STRIKE: Bingera's Josh Haack prepares to cross the ball into the box. Paul Donaldson BUN030617FOOT2

Bingera prepares for ultimate test in Wide Bay League

FOOTBALL: Bingera says tonight's Wide Bay League match will be the biggest game it has played so far this year.

The Stripeys will take on The Waves at Martens Oval after swapping the original date of the game on August 19 to allow the NewsMail Cup to be held on that day.

And the stakes are high.

Bingera leads by one point over The Waves in second spot with a win to seal top-two and an important double chance in the finals.

It is also its last match in the Wide Bay League's regular season.

"It's a grand final in itself,” coach Brett Kitching said.

"We spoke about it a few weeks ago and thought this game could be vital for our top-two chances.”

The side has hit form after beating Doon Villa 4-0 on Saturday.

"The scoreline wasn't reflective and it could have been more,” Kitching said.

"Three weeks ago we were in a form slump but we seem to be over that.”

Kitching revealed he would also be back after six weeks out.

"I'm ready to go and the knee injury should hold up,” he said.

"Our attack will be important and Scott Bretag scored a hat-trick last week so he is in good form.

"It should be a physical and tough game.”

Bingera will face The Waves, who have been hampered by injury.

"We might have to limp with players to the finals,” The Waves coach Jason De Papi said.

"We could have four out with injury, it will be touch and go.”

De Papi said the side would need to take its opportunities in attack with a draw or win enough to stay in the top-two hunt.

The two sides will face each other at 8pm.



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