Central look to shake run of bad luck

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

LIFE doesn't get any easier for the struggling Central who meet top team Frenchville in Capricornia Soccer League action tonight at Ryan Park.

After finishing fourth last year, Central have done it tough this season, picking up just one point in seven matches.

But saying that, Central are coming off their best performance of the season in last week's 2-1 loss to CQU Berserker and coach Lyle Spvye has his team ready to fire.

They will need to be at their best against a Frenchville team who thumped BITS 11-0 last week and have already scored 33 goals this season. Central defender Allan McNeil said Central had been unlucky with results this season and were ready to fire with Grant Stokes back in the side tonight.

'We haven't played badly this season at all, but are yet to get the results we deserve, but are looking to do just that this weekend,' McNeil said.

Meanwhile, ladder positions will count for little when second- placed Clinton host the struggling BITS at Clinton Park.

The young Clinton team has been the revelation of this season with five wins from six starts and go into tonight's clash as red-hot favourites.

BITS' debut Capricornia League season had started solidly enough, but turned pear-shaped after last week's 11-0 belting by Frenchville.

Clinton coach Gary Larsen would be looking for nothing less than the three points.

In local first division action, clubmates Clinton and the Grubs square off.

In other matches, Yaralla host Valleys, Central Black play United and Central White take on Wolves.

A grand final replay headlines this week's ladies action, with Clinton playing BITS and United taking on Central in the other match.

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