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Wanderers 0 Downshire Arms 3
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19th October 2003 - Division 3 - Langborough Rec.

Wanderers went into their home game against Downshire Arms knowing that a win would send them to the top of the Third Division.


An impressive run of 5 wins from their first 6 competitive games has seen them rise to second-place in the league, and advance to the second rounds of both the League cup and County cup.


With Chris Hillsdon absent, Chris Orbell dropped back to right back, with Owen Holland ahead of him on the right wing.  Wanderers also welcomed Jamie Ryall back to the subs bench following a knee operation.


From the outset the game was a scrappy and physical affair.  Wanderers had a lucky escape in the first minute when Alan Mellor superbly saved a low headed effort.


In the first half Wanderers created little and Tom Soane found himself the victim of some questionable offside decisions.


Wokingham fell behind twenty minutes into the game, when an unmarked Downshire player headed in a corner.  The lead was nearly extended but Mellor made a fantastic save from a well-taken free-kick.


Wanderers started the second-half with a period of sustained pressure.  This almost ended in an equaliser as Anthony Prior's free-kick struck the post.


The match then exploded into life.  Firstly a harsh penalty decision went against the Blues, and Downshire went 2-0 up.  Wokingham also lost the services of influential defender Dan van der Laan O'Donnell, who was replaced by Ryall.


From their next attack, Downshire were reduced to ten men as their defender was shown a second yellow card following a foul on Mellor.


Wokingham continued to battle and started to threaten, particularly through substitute Kieron Sherwood, on for Owen Holland.


Despite their numerical advantage, Wanderers conceded a third goal as Downshire won two headers, the second of which was placed past Mellor.


In the closing minutes Tom Soane had a goal ruled out and a brawl ensued following further indiscipline from Downshire.


Although the final score flattered Downshire, Wanderers deserved nothing from the game and will hope for a better performance when the two sides meet next. 


TEAM: Alan Mellor, Chris Orbell, Dan van der Laan O'Donnell, Clint Falcus, Darren Wakeley, Owen Holland, Scott Ford, Lewis Trusty, Alan Pearce, Tom Soane, Anthony Prior.
SUBS: Jamie Ryall (for van der Laan O'Donnell ), Kieron Sherwood (for Holland), Oliver Bambrough (for Trusty).