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26th October 2003 - County Cup Second Round - Bulmershe College, Reading.

Having lost 3-0 in a disappointing performance against Downshire Arms in their last game, Wanderers travelled to Reading to face RAS Rovers in Round 2 of the County Cup.


From the outset Wanderers were strong in defence, with Chris Orbell supporting Clint Falcus in the absence of Dan van der Laan O'Donnell.


Wokingham's goal was rarely threatened in the first half but Allan Mellor showed great handling when called upon.


Tom Soane had the best chance of the first period, but his shot was well stopped at the near post by RAS' 'keeper.  Other than this opportunity, it seemed that any breakthrough would come from a set piece, with Falcus and Lewis Trusty causing problems whenever a ball was sent into the box.


Wanderers took the lead ten minutes into the second half.  Allan Mellor's long kick found Tom Soane, who shot powerfully towards goal.  Once again the RAS goalkeeper denied him, but Anthony Prior followed up the knock the ball in from close range.


Wokingham then introduced debutant Matthew Elliott in place of Alan Pearce, who will now be absent for two weeks touring German strip clubs with Allan Mellor.


Elliott added a new dimension to Wokingham's game and his presence soon created a chance for Prior, who should have scored.


Clint Falcus then went close, as he met Prior's corner at the far post only for his headed effort to be tipped over the crossbar.


Wanderers were enjoying their best spell of the match, with Jamie Ryall and Chris Hillsdon linking up effectively with Soane and Kieron Sherwood on their respective wings.


Elliott had the chance to mark his debut with a goal following a well-worked throw-in.  Scott Ford found Prior who flicked the ball back to Elliott but his powerful drive was smothered by the opposition 'keeper.


With seconds remaining Wanderers were nearly caught out.  The hardworking Kieron Sherwood had left the field through injury and Wokingham's efforts to replace him were thwarted by the referee.  With Wanderers a man down, RAS hit a shot which Mellor did well to tip over the bar.  This enabled Wokingham to introduce Dan van der Laan O'Donnell and hold on for a deserved victory.  


TEAM: Allan Mellor, Chris Hillsdon, Clint Falcus, Chris Orbell, Jamie Ryall, Kieron Sherwood, Lewis Trusty, Scott Ford, Alan Pearce, Anthony Prior, Tom Soane.

SUBS: Matthew Elliott (for Pearce) and Dan van der Laan O'Donnell (for Sherwood).