PASS: Wide Bay Buccaneers player John Cullen in the pre-season friendly game against The Mackay Crusaders at Jardine Park in Rockhampton.
PASS: Wide Bay Buccaneers player John Cullen in the pre-season friendly game against The Mackay Crusaders at Jardine Park in Rockhampton. Chris Ison ROK210118csoccer5

Buccaneers hit targets in first friendly

NO COACH likes to lose but Wide Bay Buccaneers' 3-1 friendly loss was a fantastic start for the new club.

The region's newest club came up short against new National Premier League club Mackay Crusaders at Rockhampton's Jardine Park, but the two-goal deficit was a great result for the Buccaneers.

It was the first time the side, comprised of several top Wide Bay League talents, played together, and for coach Tim Lunnon it was the first opportunity he has had to see them in action against unknown opposition.

"I was pretty pleased overall,” Lunnon said.

"The bulk of their side played together last year and they've had a few games already this year.

"We got 90 minutes of football into a few of our players' legs, and 70 minutes into others.”

Time on the park is what this squad needs most as the countdown to Wide Bay's first Football Queensland Premier League fixture drops under a fortnight.

They will have another opportunity for playing time in an in-house trial before the February 3 game against Holland Park Hawks at Martens Oval, Bundaberg, but this was their only trial against a different club.

"We played two different shapes - (the friendly) was always about preparation - and we probably gave them the most to think about in the second half,” he said.

"We had a few players who couldn't make the trip but we did well.”

Sam Meyer became the first man to score a goal for the Buccaneers, but simple defensive errors allowed Mackay to build the margin.

"The first two goals (Wide Bay conceded) were simple defensive errors that should not have happened, and the third goal was a penalty, and they're always 50-50,” Lunnon said.

"A scoreline of 2-1 or 3-2 would have been more indicative of the game.”

The combined under-18 and U20s fell 4-0 to Southside in the early game.



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