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9th November 2003 - Division 3 - Langborough Rec.

Wanderers returned to league action with a home game against Binfield Social Club, who they had defeated 3-1 earlier in the season. 

 

Their hero of that day, Tom Soane, was absent through illness and so Wanderers reverted to a 4-5-1 formation.  Mark Timms replaced Allan Mellor in the Wanderers' goal.

 

Wokingham struggled to get into the game and Binfield enjoyed some good early play.  Wanderers were failing to make challenges in key areas and found themselves two goals down at half-time, with Timms left exposed on both occasions.

 

The Blues were unlucky not to have reduced the defecit.  Darren Wakeley's header from a Jamie Ryall corner had clearly crossed the line by the time it was headed away, but a poorly-positioned referee decided not to give it.

 

Chris Orbell had two chances, the first coming after an Anthony Prior free-kick was flicked on by Scott Ford.  Orbell's left-footed shot was parried away by the Binfield 'keeper.  From another set-piece minutes later, Orbell's hooked shot looped just over the bar.

 

The second-half followed a similar pattern and Binfield scored two more goals.  The first was a scrambled effort under Timms and the second a well-taken shot from the edge of the area following a corner.

 

It was only now that Wanderers started playing and they should have scored through Orbell and Prior, who wasted good chances.

 

A goal seemed inevitable and arrived with four minutes to go.  Following a corner, Clint Falcus drilled the ball home.

 

From their next attack Wanderers won a corner.  Substitute Mark Devenny floated the ball in, it was flicked on by Dan van der Laan O'Donnell and bundled home by Darren Wakeley.

 

It was too little too late however and having started their campaign well, Wanderers have won three and lost three of their six matches. 

 

TEAM: Mark Timms, Chris Hillsdon, Clint Falcus, Dan van der Laan O'Donnell, Darren Wakeley, Kieron Sherwood, Lewis Trusty, Scott Ford, Chris Orbell, Jamie Ryall, Anthony Prior.

SUBS: Mark Devenny (for Sherwood) and Oliver Bambrough (for Ryall).