TOP EFFORT: South Burnett United with the ball against Willowburn White.
TOP EFFORT: South Burnett United with the ball against Willowburn White. Claudia Williams

Town unites in support

FOOTBALL: The South Burnett football community rallied around United as they took on Willowburn White in a top-of-the-table clash of Toowoomba Football Championship League's strongest sides.

The home team's winning streak came to an end in Kingaroy on Saturday night, with Willowburn taking the win three goals to nil.

United coach Lauren Mangan said while the scoreline was disappointing, she wasn't disappointed in the way the team played.

"I don't think 3-0 justifies the quality of the game and the way we played,” she said.

"I think tactically Willowburn played well and they marked our key players well and we didn't capitalise on the few chances we had and it could have very easily been a different scoreline but it just wasn't our night.”

It is rare the South Burnett side gets the opportunity to play in front of their family and friends.

"We are over the moon with the amount of people that came out to support the boys, it meant a lot to them and they were happy to play in front of their home crowd,” Mangan said.

At half-time the men cleared the field and under-6 players from Nanango and Kingaroy had their opportunity to play under lights in front of a crowd.

Players from Willowburn showed great sportsmanship by cheering the juniors on and the kids loved every minute.

"I think it is important to rally the community together and it is a great opportunity for the kids,” Mangan said.

"They look up to the South Burnett United team as heroes and the kids had a fabulous time.”

The South Burnett team will have a chance to defeat a different Willowburn team on Saturday when they play host to Willowburn Red.

Willowburn sits behind United on the ladder in third place and Mangan said it was set to be another high-quality game, with the boys determined to score a win at their home ground.

"We'll be trying to execute our game plan like we normally do and hopefully we'll have control of the match and make changes when we see them,” she said.