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Wanderers take positives from Forge performances into Valour CBC match

After turning in two fine displays against the CPL’s top team before late Forge comebacks led to two draws, Stephen Hart’s team are motivated to get the win for their home fans Saturday.

Valour are back at the Wanderers Grounds for the fourth time this season.

Fans across Canada will get to see the Wanderers supporters’ passion with the match being broadcast live on CBC Television.

CBC Nova Scotia’s Mainstreet host Jeff Douglas will also be on the field as part of our half-time show for our CBC Day match.

Jeff Douglas recording a promo for CBC Day with Wanderers centre-back Duran Lee.
Jeff Douglas recording a promo for CBC Day with Wanderers centre-back Duran Lee.

We’re also calling on all fans to join us and make this Saturday’s March to the Match the biggest one ever.

To get everyone in the Wanderers mood we have two pre-match parties going on at Rogers Square and Quinfest.

There’ll be prizes and giveaways in both locations with the parties starting at 11 a.m. and the marching getting going at 1 p.m. to the Grounds.

And on the pitch, while still rueing the 93rd minute equalizer that denied the team a win over Forge, the players are taking confidence from the way they competed.

“I don’t think we have our heads down, we didn’t get the results we wanted but I feel like getting two good results against the number one team in the league is motivation enough,” said Tomasz Skublak.

Skublak, stretching for the ball in Wednesday night's match against Forge. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.
Skublak, stretching for the ball in Wednesday night’s match against Forge. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.

Once again, it was Skublak’s strike partner Akeem Garcia who scored for the Wanderers, racing onto the end of a peach of a through ball from Trini teammate Elton John, before smashing a shot into the back of the net.

“The thing about Akeem is he never gives up and when he goes on a run, he goes on a run,” John said. “I saw him in the corner of my eye and the finish was immaculate.”

Garcia, who is the Wanderers leading scorer, now has six CPL goals on the season.

John who wore the captain’s armband, said the players want to put on a complete performance for the fans, who continued their non stop singing and chanting even after Forge’s heartbreaking late injury time goal.

Elton John says Trini compatriot Akeem Garcia has the kind of pace and direct style that worries defenders. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.
Elton John says Trini compatriot Akeem Garcia has the kind of pace and direct style that worries defenders. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.

Coach Stephen Hart is telling his team things are bound to turnaround after noticing a change in attitude in recent matches with the players fighting harder and the team looking like more of a unit.

“Sometimes when you’re struggling it doesn’t seem to go your way, we have to keep positive and trust our teammates and hope at some point the goals will go in,” Hart said.

The Wanderers have played Winnipeg’s Valour six times so far this season, winning four of those matches, including all three of the games in Halifax.

“We know we have never lost against this team at home and we have to put the same energy in as the last two games and I am sure this time we will be able to get the three points,” said defender André Bona.

André Bona shrugging off a challenge against Forge Wednesday. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.
André Bona shrugging off a challenge against Forge Wednesday. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.

Bona is coming off a couple of strong games against Forge himself, where he shut down the league’s leading scorer Tristan Borges by posing his own attacking threat showing his speed down the right wing.

It’s going to be a day to remember as we kick things off in style at Rogers Square.

Rogers is hosting the fun with a pre-match fan fest there beginning at 11 a.m. with giveaways and prizes, including a Rogers and Wanderers seat cushion that’s sure to be a collector’s item.

Make sure you get there early because there are a limited number and it’s swag that’s going to come in handy with those cooler temperatures on the way for our fall home games.

Bring your match ticket to the Rogers store in the Nova Centre to grab a cushion.

seat cushion

Come say hello at the Wanderers table where there will be face painting.

A number of our other partners will also be handing out cool giveaways so look out for Jack 92.9, CAA, Solar Bike Halifax, Pepsi, Tea North, Freemans, Tonys, Niche, and The Pint.

And don’t forget our boy Rover. Come and give him a hug and get some photos with the CPL’s most loyal mascot! He’ll be stopping by from 11 a.m. until noon. 

Drop in at one of our partner pubs and then get ready to join the Wanderers faithful for the March to the Match which will rally at Rogers at 1:30 p.m.

For the first time ever, another march will be happening from the other side of the stadium, this one from Quinpool Road’s 2019 Quinfest Family Fun Day. The festival is happening at the old St. Pats green space.

It all starts at 11 a.m. For the kids there will be games, crafts, balloon animals, goldfish fishing and a bouncy castle!

At 12:30 you can get ready for the March to the Match from that location.

Our faithful friend Rover will speed over from Rogers to lead the march from Quinfest alongside the festival’s very own Quinpool Rhoda so that’s something you don’t want to miss!

The Wanderers are hoping for the biggest ever March to the Match. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.
The Wanderers are hoping for the biggest ever March to the Match. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.

Let’s turn the streets blue everyone. Get ready to cheer loud and get your marching shoes on.

When you get to the Grounds you can also take advantage of our drink deals again.

From 1 p.m. to 1: 45 p.m. we will have $5 beer for 14 oz pours as well as $5 mixed drinks.

Our match against Valour kicks off at 2 p.m.

Come on you Wanderers!