Wanderers Recap: Matchday 4
They say the only true constant is change, but clearly those people haven’t been watching the Wanderers in their first four regular-season games. Once again, the Wanderers only gained one point in a draw that could’ve gone either way. The first half was almost completely dominated by Valour. Sure, the Wanderers had a few chances here and there, but the press from Valour was completely overwhelming the HFX midfield. Top that off with Pacifique Nyongabire being an absolute talent on the right side of the pitch and it is a miracle of last-ditch defending that the Wanderers didn’t concede at least one goal.
The second half was a different story, with momentum shifting more towards the Wanderers as they had more chances and. at times. created opportunities using the great link-up play that we’ve seen moments of throughout the season. But once again, the chances were not taken: at this level, strikers and attackers will always be hit and miss. If they were more clinical, they would be playing at a higher level. Much like the last few weeks, we need to give these young, unproven attackers more time to find their feet.
While it can feel slightly pessimistic amongst Wanderers supporters at our start to the season, that was the type of game they would have lost last season. There are improvements, and cultural/foundational change takes time. They have gone toe-to-toe with the best teams in the league, and so far been a good match.
This weekend’s match was a poor game, and they escaped with a point. Who knows, come October when the playoffs start, these draws could be crucial to if the club makes the playoffs.
With the draw, that makes it four in four, and earning four points out of a possible 12. They are currently sitting mid-table, with other teams stuttering more from the start of the season. If I was to make a prediction, I’d say that we’ll be yo-yo-ing from the third-to-sixth spot throughout the year, which I think is pretty solid for a coach’s first season in such an unpredictable league.
So, this new section recognizes Wanderers’ milestones as they come throughout the season. On matchday four, there were two significant Wanderer milestones.
Yann Fillion had his first clean sheet in a Wanderer’s kit. He becomes the fourth goalkeeper in team history with a clean sheet. Christian Oxner leads the all-time list, with 18 in all competitions.
Armaan Wilson also played six minutes in his professional debut. Congratulations, Armaan!
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