TOP SCORER: Clinton’s Mitch Innocend during the Clinton versus Nerimbera match at Clinton Oval, Gladstone.
TOP SCORER: Clinton’s Mitch Innocend during the Clinton versus Nerimbera match at Clinton Oval, Gladstone. Luka Kauzlaric

Clinton midfielder on target for golden boot

USUALLY in the hunt for the minor premiership in the Central Queensland Premier League with a round to go, Clinton Football Club is in the odd position of not fighting for the trophy.

It would take a miracle for the club to obtain the silverware, but that does not mean an accolade is not being played for when the side hosts Berserker to end the regular season on Saturday.

Midfielder Mitch Innocend currently sits at the top of the goal-scoring list in the league with a tally of 19, a two-goal advantage which could see him finish ahead of the chasing pack.

"It is 19 total; I think I have got two or three hat-tricks and one bag of four," he said.

"Everyone is sort of doing their bit and I am on the end of it."

A double mid-week against local rivals Central elevated Innocend clear of the chasing pack around the league.

While the midfielder is keen to see his name up in lights for scoring the most goals, the first priority will be securing a win against the last-placed Berserker.

"I think they have a few handy players," Innocend said. "As long as we get the win."

A 15-0 thrashing was handed out to Berserker in a meeting earlier this season, but Innocend is expecting the result this time to be far from a belting.

He said Clinton would benefit more from a hard run before the finals, to prepare properly for what lies ahead.

After a lacklustre mid-season, Innocend said the situation currently facing the side is one which is a big motivation for Clinton.

"We had a patch in the middle bit, but the last few weeks the training has been good," he said.

Innocend likes the underdog status Clinton has, even after half-a-decade of dominance in the competition.

"For sure, everyone is not expecting us to be there," he said.

Clinton battles Berserker on Saturday at 7pm, while front-runners Southside and Frenchville are expected to keep the Gladstone side locked in third with wins over Capricorn Coast and Emerald, respectively.



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