EYE ON THE PRIZE: Buccaneer John Cullen fights Logan' Nicholas Santinella for possession.
EYE ON THE PRIZE: Buccaneer John Cullen fights Logan' Nicholas Santinella for possession. TAHLIA STEHBENS

Wide Bay faces toughest challenge so far against the Power

A TRIP to the undefeated powerhouse Peninsula Power is the last thing any team would want but the Wide Bay Buccaneers will take the challenge in its stride.

The Buccaneers will enter the contest after their best performance of the Football Queensland Premier League season in last week's 4-1 loss to Logan Lightning.

The Power, who earned a mid-week 6-1 win against Holland Park Hawks, has scored 24 goals in five games, nine more than the next best attacking outfit Capalaba Bulldogs.

Interim Buccaneers coach Kieran McKean admitted the Power trip will be difficult.

"We have to play exceptionally well, they're number one for a reason,” McKean said. "They're strong all over the park. We have a lot of work to do.”

Goalkeeper Jason McEwan overcame a hip injury and will takes his place in a mostly-unchanged Buccaneers' lineup, though import Ben Wilks remains on the sideline for another week as he awaits international clearance from the FFA.

Back-up goalkeeper Chris Merrison will miss the clash.

Merrison, the under-20s stopper, played most of the second half in last week's loss to Logan and was that impressive he earned a place in Football Queensland's Team of the Week - the first Buccaneers player to do so.

McEwan will be thoroughly tested by a punishing Power outfit.

Dean Briggs is the competition's second-highest goalscorer with eight goals, in an outfit that has scored 19 goals in their past three games.

There are not many FQPL fans who will give Wide Bay a hope at AJ Kelly Park, but all McKean said he wants to see is 100 per cent commitment and improvement on the basics.

"We just have to keep stepping up,” McKean said.

"If we improve every time we hit the training paddock there's not much more I can ask for.”

Kick-off is at 6pm.



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