GAME ON: Buccaneers player Bradley Mitchell fights for the ball against Ipswich Knight Dale Robinson.
GAME ON: Buccaneers player Bradley Mitchell fights for the ball against Ipswich Knight Dale Robinson. David Nielsen

Buccs can't handle heat

FOOTBALL: Wide Bay Buccaneers coach Tim Lunnon says the lack of pre-season really took its toll on the team on Sunday.

The side was outclassed by the Ipswich Knights 6-0 in the clubs first ever away match in the Football Queensland Premier League.

The Buccaneers after conceding an early goal struggled throughout as the Knights scored three first half and three second half goals.

Lunnon, who actually didn't attend the match, said it was a bad day out for the players.

"There were probably not a lot of positives to take out of the game from what I've been told,” he said.

"We didn't play the game and we were not quite where we needed to be.

"The heat played havoc as well.”

Lunnon conceded the side was also flat, which led to the early goal to Ipswich after not preparing themselves for the away test.

"We didn't live up to what we could do,” he said.

"The players have to get used to that and used to travelling.

"It wasn't the best day.”

One positive was the debut of former Launceston City player Nathan Bartlett.

The new recruit got 25 minutes from the bench and was solid in his role according to Lunnon.

He said Bartlett would now be considered for the next match against Souths United this weekend.

"That's an option to start him,” Lunnon said.

"We'll have to wait and see.”

The Buccaneers coach is also having to be patient on when he can play fellow new recruit Ben Wilks.

The international hasn't got his clearance to play.

It is expected to be finalised this week just in time for the encounter.

Lunnon will also inspect the squad after plenty got fatigued.

The side backs up for the first time this year next week and only have a six-day turnaround.

"I think they will be fine but there was a few fatigued boys from the ones that I talked to,” he said.

"We won't be making a lot of changes, we just need to keep focusing on our discipline and our structure and not have any lapses.

"That is what is hurting us at the moment.”

The Buccaneers will take on Souths at 5pm on Saturday at Martens Oval.



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