Corinthians aim to build from first win

Diggers player Seth Day tries to get the ball out of defence. Pictures: SHANE JONES

By Shane Jones

Last weekend was a historic one for SC Corinthians as it returned to the winners’ circle in the top competition in Bundaberg.

And for the first time in the club’s current form.

SC Corinthians defeated Diggers in the Wide Bay Premier League to register their first points of the season in the battle between the teams yet to get one this season.

A goal in the first half, to Jarman Grigg, was enough to give the team a 1-0 win.

The win was the first for the club in the Wide Bay Premier League, in its current format, with the last win coming on 18 July 2015 in the Three Cities League.

But back then the club was called Alloway Football Club.

“It was good to get a result finally,” SC Corinthians coach Tim Lunnon said.

“We should have had a couple of goals early on in the back 20 minutes of the first half we were in a really good position to do it.

“There were potentially more chances we could have taken but to Diggers credit, they fought it out and we kept on doing just enough to hold on.”

Lunnon said his goalkeeper didn’t have to do much work but it was still tense late on.

The coach added the team was improving and the result was indicative of that.

“I think with such a young group, particularly our midfield, they are all a bunch of 16-year-olds, so there are periods in the game where the game maturity isn’t at a higher level,” Lunnon said.

“We’re trying to shorten that time where we have lapses, we got smashed in a 15-minute period earlier this season in preseason to The Waves.

“We’re working on limiting that, getting shorter and shorter and shorter.”

SC Corinthians will face the KSS Jets this weekend at 6pm at Martens Oval tomorrow night, looking for their second win in a row.

“We face KSS and Sunbury next,” Lunnon said.

“We’ve competed with every team in that position so there’s no reason where we can’t be competitive.

“It will come to moments and taking them when it comes.”

The loss for Diggers kept them at the bottom of the ladder with no points so far.

But there were positives in the defeat.

“We definitely put a lot of effort into it,” Diggers captain Ash Taylor said.

“Unfortunately soccer is a hard game.

“We’re a new group just finding those combinations.

“I know the players and it (results) will come.

“I really believe we are top four squad but we’re not getting the result.

“The boys also drop our heads when we concede goals.”

Taylor said the focus was to keep their head in matches and maintain the effort in contests.

The side plays Sunbury in Maryborough at 6pm tomorrow.

In other results for the round, The Waves moved to joint top with a 3-2 win over Bingera at Bingera Grounds with the United Park Eagles joining them after winning 8-1 over Sunbury.

The Bundy sides are joined by the Fraser Flames, also on 15 points, after the Hervey Bay side defeated Doon Villa 2-1.

The other game saw Granville defeat Brothers Aston Villa 5-3.

In games this week, the top four all play each other, with The Waves to play the United Park Eagles in a replay of last year’s grand final at 6pm at The Waves Sports Ground.

Fraser Flames will face Bingera at Hervey Bay in the other top four game with the other game this weekend to see Brothers Aston Villa take on Doon Villa at Brothers Sports Complex.