Sunbury shifts its focus after loss to Bingera
SUNBURY coach Josh Linwood admits it is highly unlikely his team will feature in this year's Four Cities League finals despite the competition yet to hit the halfway mark.
The Blues crashed to their fourth straight loss to start the campaign after being belted 5-0 by Bingera at Federation Park on Saturday night.
The Blues are one of three teams who have yet to record a victory in the inaugural Four Cities League, but Linwood said they would start concentrating on performing more consistently in the hope of surging up the Fraser Coast League table.
"I knew the Four Cities League was going to be tough, but we're no longer too worried about the results," he said.
"We're a new team and we've taken a little while to gel, but the effort is definitely there.
"I think it is going to click soon and a lot of sides won't want to play us once we get our full side on the park."
Linwood's admission comes in the wake of the news he will be without target man Isaac Sanderson, who was handed a three-week ban after Saturday's loss.
Sanderson was contentiously red-carded early in the clash for raising an elbow while contesting for the ball, but attracts a mandatory suspension as the referee deemed it as serious foul play.
Sanderson's send off subsequently saw Bingera's 2-0 lead on the night turn into a five-goal drubbing.
Linwood said the Blues fought valiantly after having to play 75 minutes with 10 men, but couldn't run with Bingera.
"We changed our formation at half-time because we had to try and attack, but the boys ran out of legs in the end," he said.
"I thought we matched it with them for probably 60 minutes of the game, but Bingera is a good side and I don't think you can take anything away from them."