The Waves stand alone at the top

The Waves' Bryce Hibberd misses a chance to score late in the contest. Pictures: SHANE JONES

By Shane Jones

The Waves has one hand on the minor premiership in the Wide Bay Premier League.

And the club is keen on not letting it go, even though it faces some tough tests in the next month.

The Waves moved three points clear at the top after beating Fraser Flames 2-1 in the top of the table clash last weekend.

The side didn’t have it all its own way, as the Flames started better and scored in the opening 20 minutes through Christopher Martelli.

The Flames led at half time before The Waves responded in a five minute salvo, scoring in the 46th and 49th minute through Cory Leggett and Nykodah Smith.

Smith now has 27 goals for the season.

The two goals were enough to hold on despite pressure throughout from the Flames, who looked to equalise.

“I think the boys realised at half time that the other team has come here to play,” The Waves coach John Brillante said.

“Credit to them, they came out firing and they didn’t stop.

“We were second to the ball, we were sloppy and we let them in the game.

“I told them at half time to turn it around and show some character.

“And within five minutes we were up and we should have been up a few more.”

Brillante was in two minds at the end of the game.

He was pleased with the team winning but disappointed it didn’t come to play at all.

“I think we showed what we can do (in the second half) but a good sign is that we didn’t play well and still won,” Brillante said.

“We haven’t been tested a lot for a number of weeks.

“We’ve been waiting for this, we wanted this.

“But it was disappointing from me as a coach with how it panned out.

“I was always confident we could stick it out.”

Brillante said the focus was on mentally switching on in future fixtures but also paid credit to the Flames.

“This side here (Flames) is going to be one to watch,” he said.

The focus now is on tomorrow and battling Brothers Aston Villa in a battle of the rivals.

Villa is the only side to defeat The Waves this season.

“We’ve got Aston Villa next and the are no easy beats,” Brillante said.

“Brothers (Aston Villa) are our bogey side, that is for sure.

“They can turn it on against us and we need to make sure we are on our game.

“The points on the table don’t show how good they are.”

The sides will play at Martens Oval at 6pm at the same time as the United Park Eagles take on Diggers.

In games last week, Villa warmed up for the clash with a 5-3 win over Sunbury while UPE had the bye.

Diggers, in two games last week, lost to Bingera 6-0 before falling to Doon Villa 5-3.

Granville in the other game defeated SC Corinthians 4-1.

In other games this week, Granville takes on Sunbury in Maryborough, Bingera faces the KSS Jets at Bingera Grounds and Doon Villa faces SC Corinthians at Maryborough.

All games start at 6pm, with the Fraser Flames having the bye.