By Shane Jones
Brothers Aston Villa captain Michael Stayte still has confidence his team can make the finals.
But he admitted the team would need to do better on and off the park to keep in the hunt.
Villa lost 4-1 to ladder-leaders The Waves last Saturday and are set to face the Fraser Flames this weekend, who are second right now.
It’s the toughest fortnight in the Wide Bay Premier League.
But the results are not helping their top four chances, which puts them in the finals.
The team is fifth, two points behind the United Park Eagles in fourth and four points behind Bingera in third.
A loss this week and wins to both sides ahead would put them five and seven points behind with only five games to go.
Villa also has one less game to play than both sides, with a bye coming up.
It’s almost a critical time this season where the club need results.
“We’ve just got to turn up for the full 90 from here on out,” Stayte said.
“It’s going to be hard but we’ve got to do it.
“If we don’t do the job, we’re nowhere and we’ll be watching the finals from the sidelines.
“I don’t want to do it and neither do my teammates.”
Stayte’s comments about playing a full game came after the side was beaten at the contest in the first half against The Waves.
The side conceded three goals and while it improved in the second half, it was too late to get the result towards them.
“They got us pretty early with their enthusiasm and just their movement in general,” Stayte said.
“They choked us out with three goals before half-time.
“We scrambled well (after half-time) and that would be one of the positives.”
Stayte said the team needed to do better off the field too, especially with training, to improve its performance on Saturday.
“We get five to six boys at training and you can’t do much,” he said.
“And that is why our players are breaking down and we can’t battle on.”
The team plays the Fraser Coast Flames at the Fraser Coast Sports Precinct at 6pm.
In other games, the KSS Jets will play the United Park Eagles at Hervey Bay at 6pm, Bingera takes on SC Corinthians at Martens Oval at 6pm and Doon Villa face Sunbury in Maryborough at 6pm.