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6th May 2003 - Bracknell Town FC Challenge Cup - Wildridings, Bracknell

Another game and another Wanderers goalkeeper as Andy Kinch deputised for the injured Alan Mellor.  Anthony Prior returned in attack alongside in-form Tom Soane.

 

Wokingham had an early scare as Kinch was forced to dive at the feet of a Bracknell forward, injuring his knee in the process.

 

Wanderers raised their game and came close to taking the lead through Alan Pearce.  A poor clearance from the Bracknell keeper found Pearce who shot narrowly wide from 40 yards.

 

The goal did come when Chris Orbell found Anthony Prior who sped past his marker and drew another defender before squaring the ball for strike partner Tom Soane.  Soane reached the ball before the onrushing goalkeeper and lifted his effort just under the crossbar to give Wanderers a deserved lead.

 

Another chance soon followed for Soane, but this time he dragged his strike just wide of the Bracknell goal.

 

Minutes before half time a long ball was lost in the bright sunshine by Clint Falcus and Bracknell were level as the ball was lofted over Kinch.

 

Wanderers continued to battle in the second half and there were further chances for Tom Soane and Alan Pearce.

 

Midway through the half Wokingham fell behind as another long ball saw Kinch beaten with a similar effort to Bracknells first effort.

 

Soon afterwards Wanderers lost the services of captain Phil Soane with a recurrence of the knee injury, which has disrupted his season.  Owen Holland came on his place and was soon joined on the pitch by fellow substitutes Lewis Trusty and Oliver Bambrough.

 

With time ticking away Wanderers won a corner that Prior delivered dangerously under the crossbar only for Bracknell to clear the danger.  From the resulting corner the ball was cleared downfield and Kinch was left exposed.  Bracknell scored their third and the result flattered them greatly.

 

Wanderers can look back on a good performance and a fine end to the season, which suggests that they are capable of so much more next season.

 

TEAM: Andy Kinch, Chris Hillsdon, Dan Van der Laan-O'Donnell, Clint Falcus, Phil Soane, Alan Pearce, Scott Ford, Chris Orbell, Jamie Ryall, Anthony Prior, Tom Soane.

SUB: Owen Holland (for P Soane), Lewis Trusty (for Pearce), Oliver Bambrough (for Jamie Ryall)