NPL Preview: Mt Druitt Town Rangers vs Wanderers

The Western Sydney Wanderers will be striving to get back to their winning ways when they travel to Popondetta Park on Saturday night to face Mt Druitt Town Rangers.

Despite a strong second half performance last weekend, the Red & Black lost 2-1 to North Shore Mariners and now occupy third place on NPL 2 table. 

Mt Druitt are currently fourth in the NPL 2 and with the best defence in the competition are expected to be difficult to break down. 

In addition to being the former club of Hyundai A-League Scholarship holder Abraham Majok, Mt Druitt boast a number of familiar faces.

Head coach Aidan Desmond has previously coached at the Wanderers Academy, goalkeeper Carlos Saliadarre was a Hyundai A-League injury replacement player for the Wanderers first team back in 2013 whilst Lachlan Roberts formerly featured in the club's Foxtel National Youth League and NPL 2 squads. 

Wanderers NPL 2 head coach Trevor Morgan has not been afraid to give younger players a chance this season and has used a total of 32 different players. 

15-year-old Lochlan Constable scored on his Wanderers first grade debut against North Shore last weekend and was very impressive in the midfield after coming on as a subtitute. 

Another youngster that made his first grade debut last week was 16-year-old Sam Silvera, who was one of eight Wanderers Academy players selected in the NSW Combined High Schools State Team earlier this week. 

The previous fixture between these two sides was a 1-1 draw back in Round 1. Lachlan Roberts opened the scoring for Mt Druitt just before half time with Jackson Bandiera grabbing a late equaliser for the Red & Black.

Mt Druitt Town Rangers vs Western Sydney Wanderers
Saturday 3 June, 7:00pm (U20s kick-off at 5:00pm, U18s at 3:00pm)
Popondetta Park, Emerton