Central kick off Capricornia Soccer League tilt
CENTRAL kick off new Capricornia Soccer League premiership campaign under the guidance of a new coach in their clash with Bluebirds United at Rockhampton's Webber Park tonight.
And the side could not hope for someone with more knowledge of the CSL premiership to guide them this season than former CQU Berserker, Cap Coast and Bluebirds mentor Lyle Spyve.
Spyve, who accepted the post of Central coach two weeks ago after his successor Phil Smith could not return to the helm because of work commitments, has also coached at the Yaralla club in Gladstone.
Although still getting to know his charges, Spyve believes he has the talent on hand to consolidate Central's impressive 2004 debut which resulted in a fourth placing.
'We've got the basics of a good team but now we've all just got to gel together,' Spyve said.
'The last four sessions we've concentrated on attack because you can't win games without scoring goals ? defending well can get you a draw.
'Once we've got our attacking going well, we can then work on our defence.
'It's a good team and a good club and, with a year's experience at this level, they should go well this season.'
Central and fellow Gladstone outfit Clinton will open their season tonight after their scheduled encounter last week was postponed until next month because of venue unavailability.
Clinton get their season under way with Southside United at Jardine Park tonight and coach Gary Larsen will hope his troops can convert all their hard work on the training paddock into form on the field.
After their bright CSL debut last weekend, a 3-3 draw with Southside, BITS will chase their first win when they host Cap Coast at BITS Field tonight.
BITS came out firing last Saturday night with two quick goals before fading late as their fitness faltered slightly.
They will be stronger for the run and highly confident of knocking over Cap Coast on their home turf. BITS' first division clash starts at 7.30pm and will be proceeded by a second division encounter.
In other matches Parkana take on Frenchville and CQU Berserker take on Frenchville.