ALWAYS CHASING: Harry Pratt’s pass is chased down by Rob Smith.
ALWAYS CHASING: Harry Pratt’s pass is chased down by Rob Smith. KEAGAN ELDER

Sam’s double locks in a win, the first of the season

A BACK-to-basics approach by Barambah skipper Bryce Connolly helped his second division team notch first win of the season.

Connolly was handed a pack of new, young players so decided to rein in the fundamentals of football - field positions and ball possession - to topple Kingaroy Wests 2-1.

With passes that met feet, Barambah sprung an early attack thanks to the reflex and quick reactions of attacking mid-fielder Sam Kemp who broke the nil-all deadlock in just three minutes.

Sam managed to back this first goal with another in the 20th minute to create a comfortable 2-0 lead.

"He had two absolutely amazing runs and shots at goal," Connolly said.

"He was all over the park

"Sam has come up through Barambah juniors and colts; he's been on the transition to playing seniors football."

But Connolly said it was the team's united effort which allowed Sam to break through the Wests' defence and fire in his two shots.

"The boys are really starting to gel well together," he said.

"It is a young new team but we have found our positions."

This unity backed with simple tactics was what Connolly envisioned as he stepped onto the Kingaroy pitch and finally scoop out a win.

"It was our first win of the season came in the second div, which was good," he said.

"It was about keeping things simple; and every one doing their role to create opportunities."

Barambah's lead did come under fire before the half-time whistle with a wonder top corner strike from Ryan Francis in the 34th minute.

Connolly conceded the keeper stood no chance in saving that shot, but could not blame his defence.

"They had a couple of attempts, but it was an absolute cracker," he said.

While Barambah's second division squad had a win at the weekend, they were not able to create their own luck in the women's or first division games.

Connolly, who is also the captain of the first division, said most of his top team was made up of players from the second division.

"We really need some players," he said.

After 90-minutes of football, Connolly said his team struggled with through with fatigue but did the best they could.

Barambah's first division fell 3-0 to the Wests, while the ladies lost 3-1.

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