STRIKE: Sunbury Blues earned a 4-2 win over United Warriors at Hervey Bay Sports Club. Lyndon Linwood scored a hat-trick.
STRIKE: Sunbury Blues earned a 4-2 win over United Warriors at Hervey Bay Sports Club. Lyndon Linwood scored a hat-trick. Matthew McInerney

Sunbury's Linwood scores hat-trick to sink United

SUNBURY will target its defence ahead of the Blues' next Wide Bay League game.

The Maryborough club's attacking ability was on show as it beat United Warriors 4-2 at Hervey Bay Sports Club, but coach Andrew Howlett remained grounded in his post-match assessment.

Howlett, who has won his first two games as coach, said Lyndon Linwood and Jayden Zampech's impact is a weapon the Blues will use much more.

Linwood scored three goals while Zampech slotted the other.

"I've been talking to the boys about getting them involved more in the games,” Howlett said. "We've got two brilliant outside halves in Jayden Zampech and Lyndy, but we just haven't been utilising the left hand side.

"Tonight we played left and we scored goals.

"If we keep working and using both sides of the field we can score goals.”

United coach Blake Walker said it was a game Sunbury deserved to win, but a loss he was happy to take in this early part of the 18-round season.

"We can build on this. We won't be playing our best for at least another month but we'll get there,” he said.

Howlett said he was concerned about defence.

"Our backline was very scary tonight for some reason,” he said. "A couple silly mistakes in the first half, a couple soft goals and the boys never recovered.”



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