Ipswich City Bulls goal scorer Shaun Kitching
Ipswich City Bulls goal scorer Shaun Kitching David Nielsen

Kitching, Kenyon blast net in crucial wins

FOUR goals to comeback king Shaun Kitching and a hat-trick to Brodie Kenyon completed vital wins for regional Capital League 2 teams at the weekend.

However, one football coach was annoyed.

Western Spirit head mentor Nick Paterson was upset his third-placed team switched off in the second half against Redcliffe.

While his team won 6-3 in their away game on Saturday night, Paterson demanded more against the team sitting at the bottom of the competition.

"We could have quite easily been down 2-0 at the start of it,'' Paterson said.

"It was just like a training game for them. Instead of putting the foot on the throat of those weaker sides, they just went through the motions.

"The boys felt like a loss by the end of it. To concede three against the bottom team is pretty devastating.''

With only five points separating the top five, Paterson expects his title-contending team to be ready to play when the second round kicks off this weekend.

Spirit face competition leaders The Gap, having lost their opening game 3-0 to them.

"Hopefully the boys are switched on this week, ready for a big one,'' Paterson said.

Paterson is also keen to see missing regulars like Sam Hay, Andrew Jarrett and Zac Stephens boost the side in future games.

Meanwhile, the Ipswich City Bulls moved into seventh place and away from the relegation zone after beating Pine Hills 4-2 at the same time on Saturday night.

Former Premier League player Kitching netted goals in the 10th, 31st, 61st and 69th minutes to be City's lone goal scorer at James Drysdale Reserve.

Having retired and returned several times, the dependable Bulls utility player scored for the first time in his five games this season.