Jets paint the town red after their first derby win
HERVEY Bay's red Wide Bay League team had never beaten United Warriors before Saturday night.
Kawungan Sandy Straits Jets had gone through five seasons of merciless pain at the hands of fierce rivals United Warriors.
The purple and gold-clad club has long been Hervey Bay's dominant football side, with last year's grand final appearance the latest in a string of successful years.
The tide may have turned.
KSS Jets overturned a one-goal, halftime deficit to record their first win over United as a merged entity.
The former Kawungan and Sandy Straits equalised courtesy of Frenchman Benjamin Gaudaire's header, before a Jackson Dunn special sealed the deal.
Jets coach Phil Rimmer was happy to see an end to the poor run of results against their rivals, but said the effects stretched far beyond the local success.
It propels the Jets to fifth on the Wide Bay League ladder, and gives the side, which has struggled in the last few seasons, a chance of reaching the top four.
"It's very good for our league campaign,” he said.
"We've got the top three Bundaberg teams out of the way and now we've got games against the bottom six teams. If we can knock off Sunbury and Doon Villa we could be in that top four.
"I'm confident in the players we have to do it.”
Defender Ben Fletcher earned the Jets' man of the match award in his first start for the senior side.
Regularly a centre-back for the club's Wide Bay League 2 side, 17-year-old Fletcher played right back and starred for the Jets.