Wanderers take on that ominous look

TWIN City has flexed its muscles a week before the season’s start by thrashing Watsonia FC 9-0 in the Docherty Cup on Saturday.

The second round of the Victoria-wide knockout at Melrose Park was all over by half-time with Wanderers ahead 6-0.

Former Melbourne Heart youth player Zac Walker bagged five goals, while former goalkeeper Rohan Pearce has found a new home on the wing and bagged a double.

But coach David Afonso said the star was English import James Coutts.

“He’s an attacking midfielder and certainly showed his class with a goal and several chances,” he said.

“It’s always hard to gauge your form against these Melbourne sides — you never know what to expect.

“But we focused on our game and the result showed that we are starting to jell as a team and play a system that, with the addition of a couple of guns, will be pretty hard to shut down.”

Afonso said the off-season addition of former Wodonga Heart keeper Tyler Scott allowed Pearce to play in the outfield.

“He was probably a victim last year of being such a good keeper that we couldn’t afford to play him in the field,” he said.

“But with Tyler in goals we now have the advantage of being able to let him loose on the wing.”

Twin City’s next Doch-erty Cup game will be decided by the Football Federation Victoria tonight.

“We have to balance the game with the start of the competition next week and will lobby to get the next rounds played mid-week rather than on the weekends,” Afonso said.

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