Wanderers look to bounce back against Tasman United

Hamilton Wanderers look to bounce back immediately after the 5-2 defeat to Team Wellington last weekend. The team's spirit have been boosted by the return of Raymond Gunemba whilst Johnny Konings and Matt Oliver also return to the squad.

Round four saw the Wanderers play their first game away from home and despite a good start from the Blues, an unanswered 5 goal blitz from Team Wellington was enough to put the game to bed.

Despite the defeat, Wanderers are in good shape to bounce back from last weekend, Matt Oliver who has been outstanding in goal so far will return to the line-up, whilst Konings who was sent off in the defeat to Waitakere United is also back.

Source: Grant Stantiall

Source: Grant Stantiall

So far this season the Wanderers are two from four, with wins against Southern United and Eastern Suburbs giving them 6 out of a possible 12 points.

The first two games against Southern and Waitakere saw a lack of synergy on the field especially in the attacking third, but recently the team has begun to click with the club having 7 different goal scorers already this season.

The attacking talent at Mark Cossey's disposal would be somewhat of a headache for the coach, with Jack Salter, Regont Murati and Godwin Darkwa all starting against Eastern Suburbs and Team Welly. However, each will be looking over their shoulders as both Marc Evans, who had scored for the NYL team previously and Jama Boss both return.

Tasman United themselves have been playing good football but have struggled for results, led by former Wellington Phoenix star Paul Ifill, the team has only managed to pick up two points.

One of the three newly added Franchise to the Stirling Sports Premiership, what Tasman has brought in recent weeks is entertainment and attacking football, with Wanderers needing to be at their sharpest defensively to keep a clean sheet.

A win here, at the club's last game at Porritt Stadium before moving to FMG, could see Wanderers move back into the top half of the table, but nothing is a given in this year’s Stirling Sports Premiership.

Tom Rowland