THE return of some key cavalry has given the Wagga City Wanderers confidence they can maintain their imposing early season home record when they host Southern Tablelands at Gissing Oval on Saturday.
Gun attackers Freddie and Henri Gardner return after missing last week's road loss to Narrabundah due to work commitments, while Prince Thompson also slots back into the defence.
After falling 1-0 to the lowly-placed Bulls, the fourth-placed Wanderers can ill-afford another slip-up against a Southern Tablelands side who has collected just three points from four games this year.
But they have registered dominant wins against second placed ANU (3-1) and third-placed O'Connor (4-1) in the only home games thus far in their maiden Canberra National Premier League Two campaign.
"We haven't lost at home, we've played some big teams here and dominated. We need to keep that going," Freddie Gardner said.
"We're keen to bounce back. Unfortunately we couldn't make it last week because of work, but everyone will be available this weekend and there's no excuses."
The Wanderers were frustrated by a dogged Narrabundah outfit who were content to sit back and attack them on the counter.
It is likely to be a similar scenario this week as Southern Tablelands look to return to Canberra with a result.
"It doesn't matter where they are on the ladder, you have to respect them because you never know with soccer," Gardner said.
The first grade match will get underway at 3pm.