Still a fighting Spirit
FOOTBALL: Bundaberg Spirit coaches are positive the club will emerge stronger next year, despite this season's struggles.
The team has faced its difficulties and needs to break a four-game losing streak to break against the Miners tomorrow.
The Bundaberg boys are hoping to finish the season on a high note.
“We tied last time, so I think if we put on the pressure and stay strong mentally and defensively we can definitely improve our chances,” Spirit assistant coach, Tony Roebuck said.
Despite a string of recent losses leaving Bundaberg Spirit clutching at the last rung of the competition ladder Roebuck was optimistic the team could turn the tide.
“Tactically, I think we can take the game to them,” he said.
“A loss doesn't mean anything to us at this point, so we're going on the attack, putting on the pressure for them at home.”
“We need to be switched on from the first whistle.
“The way I look at it you can't win a game in the first 10 minutes but you can certainly lose it.”
With this season drawing to a close, Spirit coach Richard Mitchell already has his sights set on the next.
“It's been a tough season for us but, having said that, we've played some good football and I'm very confident about next year,” he said.
“We're only two or three players away from a good side.”
Aware of the team's lax defensive line in the past, Mitchell still has faith in his side.
“It's going to be a tough game. I thought we should definitely have beaten them last time, but they just got away from us.
“In our last game we were a goal down within 20 seconds, so obviously we're very mindful of that, as we were a goal down within a minute against the Strikers as well,” he said.
“We've got to make sure we're mentally off the bus and ready for the game.
“People think Tony's my assistant, but I don't have assistants in this game, he's my partner, a very good player, very good manager, I think the boys have got a good chance.”
Spirits' last home game will be on Sunday, August 15, against Sunshine Coast Fire.