Bray Wanderers Match Preview
League of Ireland First Division
Saturday March 18, the RSC
Bray make the trip to the South East on Saturday afternoon to take on Waterford at the RSC.
Just a single point separates the clubs who sit third and fourth in the table after the opening four games of the 2023 season.
“It’s a brilliant match for us. There’s no pressure on us at all. We’ve started really. We’re not expected to go there and beat Waterford with the investment they’ve made, and the quality they have. We’re go there in good form. And I think we’ve a good chance” was how Wanderers Head Coach Ian Ryan viewed the contest.
Now six games unbeaten in all competitions (four in the league and two in the Leinster Senior Cup), the Wicklow outfit put that record on the line against the Blue’s.
“It’s been brilliant. There’re not many clubs around the country that can say that. So, we are really happy with it. But that’s all down to the players, and the full group of players, who’ve performed really well,” said Ryan.
“I think the win last Monday (over Shamrock Rovers in the LSC) was really good. I think it was the longest period of play where we were ourselves, where we want to be. It’s about now trying to get into our rhythm. And trying to do that for 95 odd minutes each week.”
Although team captain Dave Webster is back training with the squad, he is not expected until back in action until later this month.
Strike duo Chris Lyons and Ger Shorts are doubts with hamstring injuries.
“Chris and Ger are touch and go. We’ll decide on the day” remarked Ryan.
On a positive note, Darren Craven made his return to action with a late substitute appearance against Shamrock Rovers last Monday in the LSC.
“It’s a big boost for Darren himself, and us as a team. He’ll be a massive player for us going forward. Now, it’s about getting him up to speed and getting him confident. He’s very close but it’s very important that we mind him and look after him. And don’t give him too much, too soon.”