Clinton's Liam Stephen takes a corner - Clinton FC v Cap Coast at Clinton Oval.
Clinton's Liam Stephen takes a corner - Clinton FC v Cap Coast at Clinton Oval. Matt Harris

Central looking to recharge during bye for CQ Premier League

SOCCER: Central Queensland Premier League competition leaders Clinton FC will use this weekend's bye to freshen up and recharge for the upcoming second half of the season.

Clinton FC assistant coach Dan Horton said the players were looking forward to resting injuries and preparing for hard, upcoming matches.

"We are leading the competition and this weekend we have a bye to be fresh against last year's premiers Cap coast in Yeppoon for their next game,” he said.

Clinton FC are nine points clear on 22 while closet rival Frenchville SC has 13 and Capricorn Coast FC is on 12. Horton said one of the reasons for Clinton's success was the high strike rate of converted goals by the forwards.

"We have Liam Stephen who is a young player and really good goal shooter and his nickname is 'pistol' and is going from strength to strength,” he said.

Stephen is the top goal scorer of the competition with nine goals from as many games. Horton also believed one of the team's other strengths was the depth of defence to keep the opposition scoreless.

"We have hardly conceded any goals this season and the defence have been working on stopping the opposition's opportunities to score goals,” he said. "There is Josh Noonan in the backs who is arguably one of the best players in the competition and sometimes goes up into the forwards.”

Horton had praise for the depth of the club.

"We lost 14 players from last year's seniors and we are coming first in the premier league and reserve grade is second in their competition,” he said.



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