HOTLY CONTESTED: Clinton's Sam Roberts is denied a goal after he is deemed to have fouled Frenchville's keeper Cianan Geraghty.
HOTLY CONTESTED: Clinton's Sam Roberts is denied a goal after he is deemed to have fouled Frenchville's keeper Cianan Geraghty. Matt Taylor GLA020618SOCC

Rivals ready for weekend clash

SOCCER: It's a top-of-the-table clash this Saturday night between long-term club rivals Clinton FC and Frenchville SC in the Central Queensland Premier League Division.

Clinton will have a home-ground advantage against its northern competitor, with the game kicking off at 7pm, Clinton Field one.

Clinton assistant coach Dan Horton was looking forward to the game and getting into a winner's mode.

"We will head into this game confident to get the result we want as it is at home and teams don't like coming here," he said.

There is a strong history of rivalry between these two powerhouses and both sides will look to gain not just a points victory but a psychological one as well.

"It's always a very tough, hotly contested game with an intense rivalry and one we embrace and look forward to," Horton said.

"There's not a lot that separates both sides with both teams creating numerous scoring opportunities in our last encounter.

"The result will come down to whoever capitalises on their chances created when on top."

The last time the teams went head to head, the bragging rights went to Frenchville at home with the score 2-1.

"We dominated the second half of our last contest but started the game too slowly and it cost us in the end. We can't afford to do that this weekend," Horton said.

Frenchville scored two goals in the first half and Clinton scored in the second but squandered plenty of goal scoring opportunities.

Now this time Clinton will have home turf support and a win will help on the overall points table plus a possible minor premiership.

"We will have to be at our best and execute our game plan perfectly to that," Horton said.

"The game can swing momentum so quickly and whenever we play each other it will need to be a complete 90-minute performance by the lads.

"This is a huge opportunity for us to cement our spot on top of the ladder and give ourselves every chance of finishing in first place."

After an 8-1 goal-scoring spree against Nerimbera last weekend, Clinton will need to have it 'A' game on against a different opponent this time.

Central FC is up against bottom-of-the-table Nerimbera at Sun Valley Oval this Saturday night with the game starting at 7pm.

The last time the teams met, Central came away 7-0 victors over Nerimbera.



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