CENTRAL never recovered from a slow start against Boyne Island Tannum Sands on Saturday night as both football teams start the season in different positions.

Central have been hit by a drop in players in its Gladstone Division One team as players from previous seasons have left Gladstone to find work after being let go form their local jobs.

To make matters worse for Central, the team had six injuries to players from its current side.

The Sharks on the other hand have a strong side this year and have been winning matches against CQ Premier League sides in the Football Federation Australia Cup.

Central back man Joel Maudsley wasn't using the lack of players as an excuse for the 4-2 loss.

"We matched them after they scored their two quick goals," he said.

"But they were too much and we just couldn't recover."

He said his fellow defender Joel Frost played a "blinder and Peter Doyle worked hard up front all night.

Sharks coach Paul Blomfield looked as if his team had lost despite them finding the back of the net four times.

"I think we worked hard but we made the game harder for ourselves than we needed to," he said.

"We were a bit slopping in possession and didn't have our talk up.

"Saying that we still put four goals in but we did let in two sloppy goals."

He said his side came in with confidence from its recent wins in the FFA Cup and possibly thought it would be an easy win against Central.

"I was pleased with the effort from everyone but we needed to be sharper on the ball," he said.

"It was a hard pitch to play on."

He said Dominic Stockdale fought well all night as he bagged four goals.

The Sharks take on Frenchville at BITS next Saturday in the FFA Cup and Blumsfield was expecting a tough game.

"They're the best team in CQ at the moment," he said.

"They were minor premiers and won the premiership last year. We will have a lift from (Saturday night) but I am confident we will be competitive and put in a good performance."



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