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