Warriors build for big year despite Bingera loss
UNITED Warriors want to atone for the way they ended last year's Wide Bay League.
The Warriors were good enough to qualify for the grand final, but were thumped 5-1 by a rampant and unstoppable Bingera.
The Bundaberg club visited Hervey Bay for the first time since the 2016 decider on Saturday and left with three competition points courtesy of a 3-1 win.
Bingera is up to 18 wins on the trot, and are already at least one win clear atop the women's table.
United coach Paul Crilly believes his side has the ability to not only stop Bingera's domination of the competition, but to win this year's grand final.
The goal is to win,” Crilly said. "There's a really good vibe amongst the team, and we've got a big group of girls. The whole women's scene at United is really positive, not just in the Premier League.”
Victoria Merrick was the sole goalscorer for the home side, an effort which doubled as the first goal Bingera conceded in the four Wide Bay League games so far.
Bingera led 2-0 before Merrick clawed one back, and it is that character Crilly believes could push United to the big dance.
To get there, however, they have to sort out the radar in front of goal.
Chance creation has never been a problem for United Warriors, but finding the back of the net has not worked out as the club would have liked.
"I think finishing in the end was the difference at this stage,” Crilly said.
"I think that was the issue on the weekend.
"Having lost 5-1 in the grand final to them last year, they might've thought they missed a few but we were quite happy at this stage of the season.
"We've got a newish team, we lost a few players and I'm new in terms of coaching that team, but we're starting to come together pretty well
United will host local rivals KSS Jets, who fell 7-2 to UPE, on Friday night.