Spirit determined to climb ladder
IT MAY not be the loftiest of ideals, but Bundaberg Spirit is committed all the same.
The long-time Queensland State League cellar-dwellers are determined to climb from the bottom rung of the competition ladder before the end of the regular season.
A shot in the finals passed coach Richard Mitchell by a long time ago, but he hopes his team can achieve a small consolation and take a small step out of the QSL doldrums.
“There's no joy in us finishing last,” he said.
“We don't want to be wooden spooners again.”
With four games remaining in the regular season it will be no easy feat.
Bundaberg Spirit enjoyed an unprecedented level of success after the arrival of Central Coast Mariner recruits Adam Ormsby and Nick Fitzgerald, and Sydney FC talent Ray Miller.
Spirit scored its first victory in more than two years against Capricorn Cougars and backed it up with a draw against competition leaders Sunshine Coast FC and a win against North Queensland Razorbacks.
But defeats in the last two rounds against Far North Queensland Bulls and Queensland Academy of Sport have bought the roll to a halt.
Mitchell knows time is fast running out if his team is to overtake Whitsunday Miners who sit four points ahead in second last position.
“There's a window of opportunity there, but it's disappearing fast,” he said.
“It's not an easy task, but while there's still a chance we'll keep plugging away.”
Mitchell said it would take far more than the team's star recruits to avoid the 2010 wooden spoon.
He has rallied his troops together and demanded they finish the season strongly.
“It's going to need to be a collective effort from all the lads,” he said.
“We need to treat each coming match as if it's our last, because we're running out of time and we're running out of opportunities.”