NPL Preview: Canterbury Bankstown FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers


The Western Sydney Wanderers will be looking to make it two wins in a row when they take on Canterbury Bankstown FC at Valentine Sports Park on Wednesday night. 

This game, originally set for Saturday 18 August, was rescheduled after the Wanderers had five players called up for the Australian U18 squad which will be participating in the SBS Cup later this month. 

Led by former Newcastle Jets coach Branko Culina, Canterbury sit in 11th place. The Red & Black will need to keep an eye on Canterbury striker Jake Bradshaw, who has scored nine times this season and former Wanderers Foxtel Y-League player Richard Darko, who has scored six goals. 

For the Wanderers, Lochlan Constable has established himself as a regular in recent weeks. After playing junior football for Sydney United, Constable joined the Wanderers Academy in 2016 and was involved in the Academy’s U18 Grand Final victories in both 2016 and 2017.

Constable has been used to both midfield and defence and had only turned 16 when he scored on his first grade debut last year. 

Wanderers goalkeeper Daniel Axford could be another player to watch on Wednesday. Initially signed to play for our U18 side in 2016, the former St George FC player moved through the ranks rapidly, making his debut for both the NPL 2 first grade and the Foxtel Y-League team that year. 

Axford also had Grand Final success in 2017 as part of the Academy’s U20 team. 

The last time these two sides met the match ended in a 3-3 draw. Oliver Puflett netted a double that night, while Tass Mourdoukoutas also got on the scoresheet. 

Entry to Wednesday night’s match is FREE for all Wanderers members. 

NPL 2 NSW Round 25
Western Sydney Wanderers v Canterbury Bankstown FC
Wednesday 8 August, 7:30pm
Valentine Sports Park, Glenwood