Bundaberg Spirit player Brady Watt sliding to get the ball before Brisbane Striker’s player Steven Merchant.
Bundaberg Spirit player Brady Watt sliding to get the ball before Brisbane Striker’s player Steven Merchant. Scottie Simmonds

Spirit struck down

BUNDABERG Spirit's hope of climbing from the bottom rung of the QSL ladder is now fading after another disapointing afternoon at Martens Oval.

The visiting Brisbane Strikers held no prisoners in yesterday's fixture, romping home to a comfortable 3-0 victory.

Captain Brett Kitching said the loss had dealt Spirit a double blow as there was now only two games remaining in which the team can rid itself of the wooden spoon.

“It's a pretty disappointing result for us and it puts a lot of pressure on the guys in the final two games,” he said.

“It's still within the realms of possibility but it will now be a much tougher task.”

Strikers wasted no time making their presence felt, claiming the first goal of the match in the opening minute.

A strong defensive effort from Central Coast Mariner recruit Adam Ormsby and centre back Lucas Reed helped keep Strikers scoreless in the remainder of the half but after the break the floodgates opened.

Strikers claimed another two goals early in the second half to put the game out of the reach of Spirit.

Spirit created good attacking opportunities, but errors and accuracy problems prevented the opportunities created from being converted into goals.

Kitching said the side would need to work on consistency if it was to stand a chance in the last two fixtures of the competition.

“We were good in parts and actually dominated possession in some passages of play, but we didn't keep it up over an extended period of time,” he said.

“We can't afford to play patchy football we need to make a consistent effort for the full 90 minutes of the game.”

Kitching said player focus continued to be a problem for his side, especially in the opening stages of halves.

“It's been a bit of a recurring problem for us and it's something we need to work on,” he said.

“When the guys run out they can't afford to be complacent. They need to be mentally prepared, prepped and ready for the job at hand because we can't afford to concede any goals.”

Spirit will prepare for its clash with Whitsunday Miners in Mackay on Saturday.

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