League One Preview: Wanderers v Bonnyrigg

The Wanderers look to continue their charge towards promotion and the minor premiership as they face Bonnyrigg White Eagles in FNSW League One action at Wanderers Football Park, where Bonnyrigg are the designated home team.

The side is looking to bounce back from their first defeat in 10 games last time out; they fought hard, but were undone by a clinical Central Coast Mariners that won 2-0 at Wanderers Football Park.

There were still plenty of positive signs from the encounter, with new signings Aidan Simmons and Zac Sapsford impressing, whilst players from the Under-20s squad in Liam Bonetig and Yohann D’Souza gaining valuable first-grade experience.

But, with just two points separating first and fourth and many of the teams around them having a game in hand, the Wanderers know that gaining all three points is a must.

Their opponents are enduring a difficult season, after having hopes of challenging for promotion, they instead sit second-last and recently relieved head coach Abbas Saad of his duties.

In their last game, they fought valiantly against NWS Spirit, but fell victim to a 96th minute winner.

Burly target man Aaron Peterson has eight goals this season and will keep the Wanderers centre-backs on their toes, whilst Marie Gauthier will be a constant threat in the midfield with his creativity and ability to pop up with timely goals.

And the Wanderers know that the White Eagles have the ability to pull off a result against the top teams, as they found out when the sides last faced off.

In that fixture, the Wanderers held a 2-0 lead at half-time and looked set for a victory, before they went down to 10-men after Alex Bonetig received a red-card.

With a man advantage, Bonnyrigg were able to rally and eventually gained a share of the points thanks to a 92nd minute Asmir Kadric goal.

With just five games to go and with so much on the line, the Wanderers will be eager to avoid a repeat of that scenario this time around.

Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers FC Saturday 9th July 2022, 7:00PM
Wanderers Football Park