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Wanderers ‘feeling great’ about Cavalry test after win over Valour

After being roared on to a win by another sold out Wanderers Grounds crowd against Valour, Stephen Hart’s team are hoping to continue the momentum against Cavalry, Saturday.

Hart described the first half effort in the Natal Day holiday match up as the best his team have played this season.

While limiting Valour’s possession, the Wanderers also hit 17 shots at goal in the 1-0 win, to pick up a vital three points in the CPL’s fall season race.

“Everyone is feeling great and credit to the guys for showing courage on the ball,” said defender Matthew Arnone, who scored the only goal of the game on Monday. “We like our chances against Cavalry if we play good football.”

Arnone alongside defensive partner André Bona in front of the Wanderers Grounds fans vs Valour. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.
Arnone alongside fellow defender André Bona in front of the Wanderers Grounds fans vs Valour. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.

Spring season winners Cavalry remain the only CPL club to win at the Wanderers Grounds.

A feat they have achieved twice in league play by winning tight one goal games in matches that could have gone either way.

“Cavalry is obviously a tough test for us but we like to put ourselves against the top measuring stick and if you’re not up for these challenges then you’re not a professional footballer,” Arnone said.

Apart from the two home defeats against Cavalry, the Wanderers have reeled off five wins and drawn the other in front of the home Halifax crowd.

Elliot Simmons with his eye on the ball drawing the energy from the Wanderers Grounds crowd. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.
Elliot Simmons with his eye on the ball drawing the energy from the Wanderers Grounds crowd. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.

“Being in front of the home fans creates a bit more energy and it showed in our play,” said midfielder Elliot Simmons. “It looked like we enjoyed the game a lot more and we got on the ball against Valour and overall it’s fantastic being back at home.”

With another big home crowd expected and the match being shown live on CBC Television, coach Stephen Hart is hoping his team can build on the victory over Valour.

“We’d like to get one over them and not let them have that stranglehold on us but they are booming with confidence and we have to be fully prepared mentally and physically to match them,” Hart said.

Stephen Hart, shown at Wanderers practice, believes his team can take three points against Cavalry if they build on the performance against Valour. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.
Stephen Hart, shown at Wanderers practice, believes his team can take three points against Cavalry, if they build on the performance against Valour. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.

Downtown Halifax is going to be jumping before the match with a street party for all ages to kick-off game day on Argyle Street.

The Wanderers will turn the street blue. There will be prizes and giveaways, face painting and sign making for kids.

The Privateers and Ultras will also be selling their merchandise at the party which is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Wanderers fans singing, chanting and waving flags at the March to the Match. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.
The Wanderers fans singing, chanting and waving flags at the March to the Match, Monday. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.

Then at 1 p.m. you can head over to Rogers Square to be part of the March to the Match with the Wanderers faithful.

Once inside the Grounds you can cool down with the return of $5 14 oz pours of draft beer in our craft beer corner.

We’ve heard our fans loud and clear that $5 beer is a great thing, so the deal is back 45 minutes prior to kick-off!

We’re also continuing our $5 deal for mixed drinks through our partnership with East Coast Spirits and Canadian Club.

This match is the last chance for us all to give a special goodbye cheer to Peter Schaale who is leaving us after the game to complete his final year of University back at Cape Breton.

Peter Schaale, shown captaining the Wanderers against Cavalry in the spring season, is leaving to finish his business degree after the match Saturday. Photo: Mike Sturk.
Peter Schaale, shown captaining the Wanderers against Cavalry in the spring season, is leaving to finish his business degree after the match Saturday. Photo: Mike Sturk.

We hope he returns after he completes his final year of University for the 2020 CPL season.

Pick up tickets at this link for what promises to be a great match to help share our special Halifax atmosphere at the Wanderers Grounds with everyone watching CBC across the country.

Come on you Wanderers!