Clinton ready to play for life against Frenchville

CLINTON play for their Capricornia Soccer League first division lives when they take on Frenchville at Ryan Park tonight. Locked in fourth spot on the premiership ladder with Nerimbera Brothers, Clinton are in danger of missing out on a semi-finals berth if they cannot spring an upset victory over minor premiers Frenchville.

Clinton sits on 31 premiership points alongside Nerimbera but with an inferior points difference record, a situation not helped by Central's 14-0 capitulation to Nerimbera last weekend.

BITS could do Clinton a huge favour by defeating Nerimbera at Pilbeam Park tonight, ensuring the Greens progress to the CSL finals for the first time.

Clinton's other worry is that Southside United are just one point behind them in fifth spot and play cellar dwellers Parkana who are backing up from a 13-0 thrashing at the hands of Frenchville.

A Clinton loss, coupled with wins to Nerimbera and Southside would push the Greens out of the top four despite them having been there for much of the season.

Midfielder Shaun Petrie and defenders Mat Stokes and Kincade Gibson were in top form for Clinton last weekend and coach Gary Larsen will look for the rest of the team to lift to that level tonight.

In the remaining match of the round, which was moved forward after all but one encounter was rained out in the original round four schedule in April, secondplaced CQU Berserker take on Bluebirds United who are out of finals contention. The Central versus Cap Coast encounter was the only one played on the original date.

Clinton's second division outfit can go into tonight's fixture feeling more relaxed than their first division club-mates, their spot at the top of the table assured regardless of the result.

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