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Wanderers determined to get ‘back on track’ in Halifax homecoming vs Valour

Wanderers coach Stephen Hart is telling his players to put any doubts from a difficult road trip behind them and bring a big effort against Valour for the Natal Day holiday match up Monday.

It’s the beginning of a three game home stand at the Wanderers Grounds, with the players keen to give the fans something to cheer for.

“We want to get things back on track,” said Hart. “Our crowd is special to the players and at home it’s a special environment and we owe them some good games.”

Wanderers coach Stephen Hart, shown at training Saturday, says the players are hoping to get back in the winning habit after a tough stretch of road games. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.
Wanderers coach Stephen Hart, shown at training Saturday, says the players are hoping to get back in the winning habit after a tough stretch of road games. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.

With the match falling on a special holiday and nothing but sunshine in the weather forecast, it promises to be a great day at the Grounds for a 4:30 p.m. kick-off Monday.

And after starting an exhausting five game road trip back on July 17, the players are loving being back in Nova Scotia, with the full squad of 23 back together preparing for the match.

“The guys are ecstatic to be back at home. Our fans are fantastic and we are just keeping positive,” said striker Tomasz Skublak “We have a good record at home.”

Skublak believes the Wanderers will be able to turn things around by working hard and staying positive. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.
Skublak believes the Wanderers will be able to turn things around by working hard and staying positive. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.

Having played alongside Valour midfielder Dylan Sacramento at his old club Vaughan, Skublak’s keen to put one over his old teammate in this match.

“He’s a good player and I have a few friends on that team. I know the football they play and we just need to battle harder than them and outwork them,” Skublak said.

The striker was one of the players Hart praised on the away trip after firing in a couple of goals and looking dangerous for the Wanderers in the box.

The players are also looking to keep their concentration when defending following coach Hart’s disappointment in his team “gifting” goals to the opposition on the road.

“We’ve conceded too many goals lately, so we want to keep a clean sheet and play our football and take advantage of our home crowd,” said centre-back Peter Schaale.

Peter Schaale, shown with assistant coach Derek King, says a strong home stand can lift the Wanderers back into contention in the CPL's fall season. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.
Peter Schaale, shown with assistant coach Derek King, says a strong home stand can lift the Wanderers back into contention in the CPL’s fall season. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.

The big German defender said there’s huge motivation in the group to reward the home fans and get the fall season going with lots of points still to play for.

“It’s a massive game for us and both teams have three points but the gap is not big so we know if we pick up three points we are in it again,” Schaale said. “Having the fans again cheering for us, they push us a lot and it’s like having an extra man on the pitch.”

Tickets are still available at this link for Monday’s match, which kicks off at 4:30 p.m. AST.

And you can cool down in the sun with $5 specials on mixed vodka, gin and rum drinks, to celebrate our partnership with East Coast Spirits.

All mixed Canadian Club whisky drinks are available at $5 as well, to mark our continuing partnership.

If you can’t be at the Grounds, you can also follow the game live on One Soccer.

Come on you Wanderers!