Tweed Valley Kings Soccer Coach Craig Madden.
Tweed Valley Kings Soccer Coach Craig Madden.

Kings adamant they are not the worst

WITH their eighth loss in 10 games, the Tweed Valley Kings have become the royal whipping boys of the Gold Coast Soccer Premier League.

Dethroned 4-0 by middle-of-the-table Burleigh Heads at Pizzey Park on Sunday, the Kings slumped to their fifth straight loss and took their miserable goal tally to an appalling 30 against.

Couple that with only 11 goals for and it's clear to see why the Kings are now front-runners for the wooden spoon, ahead of a Mudgeeraba outfit they thumped 5-2 in the second round.

However coach Craig Madden believes there is no way his men will still be occupying bottom spot on the ladder come season's close.

“We won't be there by the end of the season,” he said.

“Well I bloody hope not, because we're certainly not the worst team in the league.

“We want to finish as high as we can, and we have the players to swing a few results our way.”

The Kings have only themselves to blame for not taking the lead in Sunday's fixture, squandering several opportunities to break the dead-lock throughout a well- balanced first half.

Their mistakes proved critical, and in the 44th minute Burleigh found the net to take the lead entering the sheds.

A second goal 10 minutes into the second stanza broke the backs of the Kings men, and their hosts simply ran away with the game.

“Conceding just before the break is an awful time to let one in,” Madden said. “But in the second half they got on top of us and played us out of the game.

“They were too good on the day ... I believe they're probably the best team we've played all year - classy and well-drilled.

“For us it all comes back to not taking chances. Everyone has a job to do and once again the strikers just didn't produce.”

Ensuring the score didn't balloon out was goalkeeper Nathan Wilson, who was named man of the match.

Next week the Kings face fellow strugglers Surfers Paradise in a game Madden believes is a must-win.

“We need to turn it around against Surfers,” he said. “Each game for us is becoming a must-win, and a result may just instil a bit of confidence back in the camp.”

That game kicks off at Lex Bell Oval on Sunday from 4pm.

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