THE prospect of being handed the Queensland State League wooden spoon continues to haunt Bundaberg Spirit after a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Capricorn Cougars.
Spirit missed a crucial chance to gain competition points against the third-last placed Capricorn Cougars in a disappointing Martens Oval encounter yesterday and now has only three games remaining to try and crawl out of the league cellar.
Captain Brett Kitching said the team’s goal to rid the Football Bundaberg trophy cabinet of the spoon would remain but had now become a far tougher task.
“It was a game we really needed to win and it was a pretty disappointing result for us,” he said.
“We’ll keep fighting hard to try and climb the ladder and get rid of the spoon, but it’s going to be no easy feat.”
Seasoned Spirit campaigner Laurie Stevenson scored his team’s only goal equalising the score 15 minutes into the first half.
Stevenson collected a pass from fellow midfielder Kitching and found the back of the net with a hasty strike from the corner of the goal square.
The duo worked well in the midfield ensuring a steady flow of football to strikers Nick Fitzgerald and Shane Youngberry.
A Cougars’ goal late in the second half left Spirit staring down the barrel of a 2-1 deficit at half time.
Spirit created good attacking opportunities in the second half but failed to convert scoring chances into goals with accuracy problems and errors keeping the scoreboard static.
Kitching said his team had to learn to find the back of the net in times of pressure, and needed to learn fast.
“We had them under the pump in the later stages of the game but we just couldn’t get there in the end,” he said.
“It was one of those games when you feel robbed at the end of it. We had a run of great chances to score and we failed each time.”
Bundaberg Spirit will now prepare for a home game against competition heavy weights Brisbane Strikers this Sunday.