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28th September 2003 - County Cup First Round - Berks County Sports, Sonning.

Following their disappointing defeat against Bracknell Hammers, Wanderers travelled to Sonning to face Reading side Lower Earley in the first round of the Berks and Bucks Sunday Junior Trophy.


In the first half Wanderers failed to impress, and they were fortunate that Lower Earley were unable to take advantage of the chances which they were gifted. 


Wanderers did hit the woodwork twice however, first through Scott Ford's brilliant 25 yard free kick, and then with Tom Soane's volley from an Anthony Prior cross.


Debutant Darren Wakeley had a goal ruled out for offside as he made a break from his left back position to finish with a low shot at the near post.


Despite these few chances Wanderers deservedly trailed at the interval.  Dan van der Laan O'Donnell's header to Alan Mellor was too short and the Lower Earley forward stole in to knock the ball in.


In the second half and Wanderers were no better.  They failed to keep possession, and Lower Earley deserved their second goal, which came following a spill from Mellor.


Wanderers responded by introducing first Kieron Sherwood, and then Mark Timms, though they still posed no real goal threat.


With two minutes remaining Wanderers finally produced the goods.  Sherwood's run ended with a cross to Tom Soane who touched the ball to Prior.  He took the ball past the onrushing Lower Earley 'keeper and pulled the ball back to Ford, who forced the ball home from fifteen yards.


In injury time Wanderers scored an unlikely equaliser.  Prior's free kick from the left was flicked on by Wakeley and then dropped by the Lower Ealey goalkeeper.  Clint Falcus reacted first and drilled the ball into the net from close range to send the tie into extra time, or so it seemed.


In the fourth and final minute of injury time Wakeley played a fine twenty yard ball to Prior, who shot high into the net from the edge of the box. 


The result flattered Wanderers as their performance did not merit the victory.  However it epitomises the spirit and potential of the squad, to come back from 2-0 down in the 88th minute.


TEAM: Alan Mellor, Chris Hillsdon, Clint Falcus, Dan van der Laan O'Donnell, Darren Wakeley, Owen Holland, Andy Kinch, Scott Ford, Alan Pearce, Anthony Prior, Tom Soane.
SUBS: Kieron Sherwood (for Holland), Mark Timms (for Kinch), Phil Soane (Not Used).