NPL 1 Wrap: Wanderers split points with Manly

Our NPL NSW side has been forced to split the points with Manly United after a 2-2 draw at Cromer Park.

The Wanderers scored two goals in 17 first half minutes, but were eventually pegged back by their hosts; but whilst it was frustrating not securing the win, they did move a point closer to safety as a result.

A strong lineup was selected by coach Andrew Christiansen, and it paid dividends as one of the players introduced to the side opened the scoring after an end to end opening 10 minutes.

Nicolas Milanovic received the ball from Zac Sapsford and made a break for goal, and was then able to superbly chip the ball over keeper Levi Kaye.

Marcus Younis then tried to score a spectacular bicycle kick, but his effort bounced into the ground which took all the power out of the strike and it was saved comfortably.

The Wanderers would double their lead in the 28th minute as Oscar Priestman scored his first goal for the club.

He was able to get into the box, and jinked his way past a couple of defenders before producing a firm placed finish into the far corner of the net.

Manly hit back just before half time with a quality Matthew Sim, which gave them confidence and momentum in the second half as they began to control possession.

Wanderers shotstopper Jack Gibson was forced into saves, whilst at the other end substitute Nathaneal Blair was just unable to turn home a cross from a brilliant position.

It would be a miss that haunted the Wanderers, as Manly equalised in the 69th minute through Bruno Mendes.

Manly, emboldened by their comeback, pushed to score a winner, but the Wanderers were able to deny them scoring a third, meaning the sides walked away with a point each.

The Wanderers now sit four points ahead of Mt Druitt Town Rangers, who currently occupy the relegation playoff spot; a point for the Wanderers against Rangers next weekend would secure their safety in the NPL NSW competition.