Action from a BITS Saints and Gladstone Mudcrabs clash.
Action from a BITS Saints and Gladstone Mudcrabs clash. Christopher Chan

Mudcrabs chase key victory to get them back in top four

THE Gladstone Mudcrabs are chasing a much-needed win which would likely see them back in the top four of the Capricornia AFL competition when they face Glenmore on Saturday.

The Mudcrabs were overcome by the Yeppoon Swans in their last outing, after playing three good quarters and putting themselves in the position to win.

Gladstone's assistant coach Mick Larkins believes stifling a strong Glenmore midfield is the key to victory.

"We have a few outs this week, we really need to contain their midfield, so we will tag a few of their guys," Larkins said.

Gladstone currently sits fifth in the competition, but feel that games against teams like Glenmore is a real chance to improve that standing.

At home in round three to the Bulls, the Mudcrabs were beaten by three majors, but feel that they have improved as the season has progressed and narrow losses to BITS and Yeppoon have paved the way for a potential upset.

"We definitely have the side on paper, it has been hard to get the same lot of blokes to secure the same side, but now we can hopefully do that at home and improve consistency," Larkins said.

The Mudcrabs have shown that they can play as good as the top runners in the league, but scoring points has been a problem.

"It has been a bit of an issue, kicking goals, we have worked on that at training, but if we can win the ball in the centre that will get the ball to the forwards," Larkins said.

While the Mudcrabs attempt to regain the last of the finals positions, BITS Saints are hoping to improve on their current record and remain at the top.

After a demolition of Glenmore in their last outing, the Saints are now away against the

Panthers, who had a narrow win over last-placed Brothers.

The Saints kicked a huge 25 goals in the round three clash with the Panthers, with the margin edging just over 100 points come the final buzzer.

Yeppoon battle Brothers in the other match, and will remain in second to Saints by goal difference with a win.



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