One week after nightmare loss, Wanderers' bid to bounce back in Lithgow

START FAST: Wanderers' skipper Adam Hurford is confident his team will bounce back today against Lithgow Zig Zag.  Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0517sghock8

START FAST: Wanderers' skipper Adam Hurford is confident his team will bounce back today against Lithgow Zig Zag. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0517sghock8

“WE will bounce back.”

Coming off a 9-nil drubbing at the hands of Bathurst St Pat’s last week, Orange Wanderers’ skipper Adam Hurford is confident his side will take four points in today’s men’s Premier League Hockey clash with Lithgow Zig Zag.

“With the system we’re playing, learning rather, we know we will leak goals,” Hurford said.

“We can’t read into last week too much. They’re a class side and everything they touched turned to gold. 

“We’ve learned from our mistakes, and with a similar side to the last time we played Zig Zag, when we won easily, we’re expecting a similar result, if not better.”

Hurford labelled last week’s effort flat, and said Wanderers would focus on getting out of the blocks at pace against a physical Zig Zag side.

“Everything was flat, our warm up in particular,” he explained.

“We will start harder and faster [today], and look to control the tempo from the outset.”

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Wanderers defeated Zig Zag 7-3 in round two, but with today’s return clash being on Lithgow’s home turf Hurford said he was expecting a very different opponent.

“Playing Lithgow at home, they’ll be rough, and tough,” he said.

“They’re a physical team and they like to get under your skin at the best of times, even more so in Lithgow.

“But if we don’t buy into their niggle and can retain possession we should be able to put some goals in the back of the net.”

Wanderers coach Beth Shea agreed with Hurford, saying Zig Zag would enter the game with extra motivation.

“They will be stung after the last result against us,” Beth Shea said.

“At home this time, they won’t want that kind of result again.”

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