Rested team profits from rethink
NORTH Bundaberg dealt Brothers Aston Villa an upset blow in a 2-0 defeat on Saturday.
The Archem Premier League cellar-dwellers toppled the third-placed Brothers in a fast and frenzied offering of football at Martens Oval.
Coach Jim Cairney said a two-week bye had transformed his team from season-weary battlers to fresh-legged winners.
“The boys have had a bit of a spell and now they’re revitalised, refocussed and ready to turn the season around,” he said.
North Bundaberg was boosted by the return of centre John Dixon and fullback Tim Dash from injury in the encounter.
Fullback Mauricio Esparza was the first to score for North Bundaberg with a striking goal from 30m out.
Nathan Cook extended the lead with five minutes remaining, slotting a sly flick past the goalkeeper.
North Bundaberg lacked attacking intensity in the second half, but a taut defensive line kept their opposition scoreless.
Brothers goalkeeper Dane Rimmington limped from the field with a hamstring injury with 10 minutes to go.
Cairney attributed the win to a strong defensive effort led by Esparza and Dash.
“They were absolutely rock solid and they fought hard to keep that clean sheet,” he said.
“It was a sensational effort from all the backs and it’s a style of football I’d like to see more of.”