It’s time for reflection at Gissing Oval and Wagga City Wanderers captain and goalkeeper Rob Fry says there’s plenty to like about the season that was.
Speaking candidly after the Wanderers’ 3-0 loss to Nepean FC at home, Fry admitted frustration at his side’s inability to regularly convert pressure into points throughout a difficult year.
“It’s a little disappointing to end the season the way we did,” he said.
“Maybe there a little bit of feeling like the year was already over but in the end, we didn’t play as well as we have been this year.”
The home defeat marked Wagga’s 18th loss of the season, leaving the Wanderers with just two wins and two draws to show for their efforts.
A round two draw with Hurstville FC saw the rookie side take an early step up the competition ladder before Fry’s charges edged South Coast Flame in round five for their first win of the year.
It would take more than two months for the Wanderers to grab their next competition point – a 2-all draw with Hurstville City – and another month after that for Ross Morgan to grab his second win as coach in a 2-1 thriller over Balmain FC at home.
“We probably deserved a few more points throughout the year,” Fry said.
“That being said, I think we’ve still made gradual improvements throughout the season and those improvements have been really positive.
“We started building into a bit of a run during the back half of the season and it would’ve been nice to have kept that going.”
I'm definitely keen to stick around for another year.Wanderers skipper and goalkeeper Rob Fry
Still, Fry has seen enough this season to take a positive outlook on his side’s prospects next year, albeit with a short holiday before pre-season kicks off.
“I’d like to see a few more results go our way but I think we can take that next step with a few of those younger players coming through,” he said.
“Blokes like Sam Jones, Nic Van Honk and Jacob Ochieng have been excellent since coming in … and I’ve got nothing but positive thoughts about the future of the club.
“I’m definitely keen to stick around for another year and I’m looking forwards to it, provided they don’t go and find themselves another keeper, but I’m keen to have a few weeks off and recover before I think about that.
“The old body get plenty of knocks during the year and you start feeling them these days.”
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