Bundaberg Spirit player John Brillante makes a positive run at Martens Oval.
Bundaberg Spirit player John Brillante makes a positive run at Martens Oval.

Spirit ready to strike

BUNDABERG Spirit faces a major hurdle this weekend as the team campaigns to fight its way out of the Queensland State League cellar and ditch the dreaded wooden spoon.

Coach Richard Mitchell has vowed to guide his team to victory in its last two games of the season and climb from the bottom of the rung of league ladder for the first time in three years.

QSL heavyweights Brisbane Strikers will stand in the team’s way this weekend in what is tipped to be a fierce encounter at Marten’s Oval.

Strikers have only been defeated three times this season and will be looking to continue a six-game winning streak.

“They’re a tough team to be sure, but they’re not unbeatable,” Mitchell said.

“They beat us pretty comprehensively the last time we met but if the guys play their best football we’ll be right in there.”

The team will be without star Adam Formsby who has been handed two weeks’ suspension but will be boosted by the return of centre back Corey Haack.

Mitchell said the outcome of the game would be decided by how his team uses the chances it creates.

The Spirit midfield and strikers put plenty of pressure on Capricorn Cougars last week, but struggled to find the back of the net eventually going down 2-1.

“The boys have been playing good football, but missed opportunities have stood in the way of us getting the results,” Mitchell said.

“We’re going to need all hands on deck and we’re going to need the guys to capitalise on the chances we create.”



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