More goals are in the planning for Clinton
SOCCER: Clinton will be aiming to add another win when it faces Southside United in the Football Central Queensland Premier League tonight at Clinton Oval.
Clinton is one of three undefeated sides.
But that will be two after this weekend because Cap Coast (second) and first-placed Frenchville play against each other in a top-of- the-table blockbuster.
United is without a win at the moment and is currently sixth in the seven-team competition.
Clinton coach Derek Horton said it had been an interrupted start to the season for varying reasons.
"We're good to go for a change and we have played two full games and it's already round seven,” Horton said.
"We've had games washed out and public holidays.”
But with no rain and public holidays in sight, Horton's men are keen to bust the game early against the lowly United.
"We're really happy how we're playing and with a three-five-two formation, we're happy how that's going,” Horton said.
"It's taken a few weeks for the players to get used to it.”
Horton said there was an area where Clinton needed to justify its effort with reward.
That's kicking more goals, as evidenced in its 2-1 loss in the FFA Cup regional final.
"That was the perfect example where we got jumped early when they had a player up high,” Horton noted.
"Once we adjusted, we then dominated that game and should have scored three or four more goals and instead we kicked just the one.
"It's something we have been working on.”
Clinton will be without the services of centre-back Jakob Holmwood.
"He did an ankle but we have a like-for-like replacement in Jay Wernerson,” Horton said.
The coach said new goal-keeper Dan Williams had settled in well and he had become accustomed to Clinton's new defensive structure, which in turn had opened up the forward half.
Horton said there might be another new addition to the team in the not-too- distant future.
"We have Michael Armstrong, who has played in the Brisbane Premier League,” Horton said.
"Because he has been in and out with work, he has only played in the lower grades and he is certainly someone who will play with us eventually.”
Meanwhile it's round six of the division one men's competition with new team Berserker to take on Clinton from 3pm today at Clinton Oval.
Yaralla play BITS from 7pm at Yaralla and the final game of division one men is between Central and Valleys in Biloela at 3pm tomorrow.
The division one women will have two games this afternoon.
Central play Clinton at Clinton from 3pm and Meters will host the game between Meteor Rites and BITS Sharks at 5pm.
There are also Gladstone junior representative trials held today and tomorrow at the Palm Drive Fields for age-groups from under-11 to U16 boys and girls.
The trials also continue tomorrow week.