Wagga City Wanderers coach Ben Schmid says his side is well positioned to turn its season around after downing Western Condors 2-1 at Gissing Oval on the weekend.
Wanderers unveiled their most talented lineup of the season on Saturday, with key midfielders Chinedu Arinze and Adrien Jolly returning and Henwood Park’s Matt Menser and Jake Ploenges starting together for the first time this year.
Arinze, Jolly and Menser were the central cogs in Wagga City’s significantly-oiler-than-usual machine, initiating a series of well orchestrated attacks from midfield while displaying their sorely missed experience with level-headed defence.
Striker Lachlan Davis broke the deadlock for the home side, capitalising on a Condors defensive brain fade in the 35th minute.
The visitors then recovered with an equaliser in the 65th minute.
But Davis produced another stroke of brilliance at the death, spearheading an efficient counter-attack before feeding Ploenges for the match-winner.
The win lifted Wanderers into eighth spot and Schmid said the influx of experience into his side had sparked hope they could continue climbing the table.
“We’re hoping to keep this team on the park consistently, which could result in a very positive second half of the season,” he said.
Wanderers’ under 18 and under 20 sides also secured victories, completing a perfect weekend for the club.