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Wanderers look to continue on ‘front foot’ at home against Forge

After being so close to beating the CPL’s top team at their home field on Sunday, the Wanderers are hoping to go one step further at home in Wednesday night’s rematch against Forge.

Stephen Hart’s squad turned in one of their best away performances of the season in Hamilton, taking a two goal lead before a stirring late come back gave the home team a share of the spoils.

“We were far more positive in the game than the last time we played Forge, we were a little braver and took some initiative and got a couple of goals because of it,” Hart said.

The Wanderers boss is urging his players continue the same attacking style when Forge visit Halifax Wednesday night.

“If we can stay on the front foot we can definitely get something out of the game offensively and then defensively we need to read the situations quicker and manage the game better,” he said.

Akeem Garcia caused Forge problems with his pace and runs in behind. Photo: Ryan McCullough.
Akeem Garcia caused Forge problems with his pace and runs in behind. Photo: Ryan McCullough.

While disappointed with the final result, the players felt good about their effort considering the quality of the opposition and the number of scoring chances they created.

Akeem Garcia got on the scoresheet again and was a threat running in behind the Forge defence all game long.

He was given a clear run at goal to make the breakthrough by Mohamed Kourouma, who showed technical class on the left wing to bring down a ball under pressure and then make a perfect pass.

“We know Akeem is fast and he’s our top goalscorer and I was just trying to make a play. We should have won but we’re looking forward to playing at home and we have the fans support and we will be ready,” Kourouma said.

Mohamed Kourouma set up Garcia's goal and put it another strong shift on the left wing. Photo: Ryan McCullough.
Mohamed Kourouma set up Garcia’s goal and put it another strong shift on the left wing. Photo: Ryan McCullough.

On the other wing, Juan Diego Gutierrez also put in a good day’s work with the highlight an outstanding 25 yard curling left foot strike that found the top corner.

“It was an amazing feeling scoring for the Wanderers. I just wish it was in front of the home fans,” Gutierrez said. “Forge is a great team, I think we just need to manage the ball better at the Wanderers Grounds.”

Kourouma was involved in the build up to the Gutierrez goal too, winning the ball back on the left before quickly moving it into the middle where Skublak held up the play before the number 7 took over and displayed the power and accuracy of his left foot.

Juan Diego Gutierrez struck a highlight reel goal bending the ball into the top corner against Forge. Photo: Ryan McCullough.
Juan Diego Gutierrez struck a highlight reel goal bending the ball into the top corner against Forge. Photo: Ryan McCullough.

In midfield, where the Wanderers also battled well, Andre Rampersad maintained his consistent form with another non stop effort.

He played on even after a nasty clash of heads left him bandaged up.

“It’s a boost in confidence for us because to be honest we should be in a better position but we have been playing well lately and at Wanderers Grounds we don’t want anything else but the win,” Rampersad said, adding he’s been cleared by the doctor for Wednesday.

Andre Rampersad fighting for the ball after having his head bandaged following a clash of heads. Photo: Ryan McCullough.
Andre Rampersad fighting for the ball after having his head bandaged following a clash of heads. Photo: Ryan McCullough.

The match kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at Wanderers Grounds Wednesday.

With nothing but sun in the forecast it’s going to be the ideal spot to hang out for a fall evening.

Wear blue, get behind the players and get to the Grounds early for those popular drink deals.

We’ve got 14 oz pours of draft beer for $5 as well as $5 mixed drinks between 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

Come on you Wanderers!