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Wanderers on the hunt for form

By Jamie Lowe

For the first time since round two of the Griffith & District Football Association reserve grade, the Deniliquin Wanderers will be looking to bounce back from a loss.

The Wanderers suffered a 3-1 loss to Yoogali Soccer Club at Rotary Park - their first loss at home - in their last outing before having a bye last week.

Refreshed from the week off, Deni will once again play at home when they host Yoogali Football Club in the second last round of the season.

While the Wanderers have already secured the minor premiership and their spot in finals, playing-coach Josh Perizzolo said the last two games are still very important to the club.

"We want to build a bit of momentum going into finals," he said.

"We essentially haven't played for two weeks, so it's important for us to use the next two weeks to correct a few things that we did wrong against YSC.

"Everyone seems to be feeling pretty good after the week off, but there are still some nursing some injuries.

"Matt Crothers is nursing an ankle but he will still probably play.

"The only definite out will be Ben Cooper, which is a huge loss for us, as he's away travelling.

"Otherwise we have a full complement of players to choose from."

The last time these sides met it was the Wanderers who stood tall in a 5-3 win after a scintillating second half.

Perizzolo said his side will be looking for a similar performance again this time around.

"We have players pushing for starting spots coming into finals, so I expect everyone will be pushing themselves to play better," he said.

"YFC have a certain style of play where they play the long ball to their quick strikers.

"Usually we're only concerned about our own game, but last time we set ourselves up against their strength and it worked.

"If they line up like that again then we will play a similar game style to last time."

The game between the Wanderers and YFC will be Deni's final home game of the season.

Kick-off will be at 1pm on Sunday, with the club urging locals to come down and support them.