Hat trick as United ends its 358-day drought
FOOTBALL: A Hamish Perkin hat trick powered United Warriors to its first Wide Bay Premier League win in 358 days.
United coach Cameron Hanrahan said Perkin, who scored in the eighth, 34th and 51st minute, had earned his position in the starting XI after his performances in the Warriors' lower grade sides.
"He's been at the club for a few years now, but he earned his place through his form and effort,” Hanrahan said.
"Work rate and work ethic were the key things, he earned everything he got.”
Jordan Dowden struck three minutes after Perkin sealed his hat trick to give the home side a 4-0 lead in their clash with United Park Eagles.
Josh Adcock scored to ensure UPE avoided a whitewash, but the Bundaberg club could not stop the Warriors from recording its first win since August 19, 2017, when they beat Brothers Aston Villa 4-0 at home.
"It's just nice to get a win,” Hanrahan said. "We knew it would be a very tough year with the (Wide Bay) Buccaneers coming in. We haven't had the same starting XI at all this season.”
United will take on a team in a very similar boat on Saturday.
KSS Jets lost several players to the Buccaneers, and are yet to win a game this year.
"We've both got young squads and are building for the future,” Hanrahan said.
"The rivalry between the clubs will always be there so it should be a good game.”