Raegan Campbell tussles for the ball.
Raegan Campbell tussles for the ball. Michael Nolan

Clawing back for the win

Soccer: The Gunnettes shot to an early lead in the first half in their match against the Nanango Panthers.

But their luck didn't last long as the Panthers clawed their way back with three late goals in the final half.

Gunnettes coach Steve Copas said Nanango was a historically difficult team to beat.

"Our best game against them was 2-1,” Copas said.

"They've been going very well.”

This season the Gunnettes are a young team but Copas said they were coming together well thought more work is needed.

"It's been our best start in a few years and that's due to a number of better players coming in,” he said,

Sarah Winston and Deidre Murray are playing well for the Gunnettes, as is Taylor White.

"She plays in our back line she's a pretty good defender,” Copas said.

"Natalia Peterson is another good player that plays in the mid field and Kate Mashford, she's been there a few years now and brings that little bit of extra experience to the squad.”

Copas said having a few older players was good for the younger players.

"They help the younger players out on the field, these younger players are coming through from cadets into the senior competition and trying to keep that same team together each week,” Copas said.

"The team as whole needed to spend more time working as a cohesive unit.

"I'm trying to keep that same team together each week because if you can have the same team running on the park they start to know their positions and where to play.

"Their definitely coming together, we've played, we've got about 6-7 games in the pre-final season to so and we're just over half way.”

Despite the loss at the weekend, Copas sees a way to win the premiership.

"I think we've got a pretty good chance this year if we don't have too many major injuries,” he said.

"We haven't been losing too many game by large amounts and if we put everything together and if everything worked well on the day we can give some of these teams a bit of scare.”

The Gunnettes will play Kingaroy Wests in the Wondai Super Saturday draw on Saturday.

Copas said he believed the Gunnettes had a chance.

"We've had three draws against them this season, there's not too much between the team,” he said.

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