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16th November 2003 - County Cup Third Round - Palmer Park, Reading.

Wanderers travelled to Reading for the third successive County Cup match as they faced JMT Installations for a place in the last 32 of the Berks and Bucks Sunday Junior Trophy.

 

With Allan Mellor and Alan Pearce unavailable and Tom Soane suffering from glandular fever, Wanderers' player manager Lewis Trusty went in goal, while Matthew Elliott made his first start in attack.

 

Wanderers couldn't have had a better start as Mark Devenny did well on the right and his pass found Anthony Prior.  Prior took a touch but was tackled by a JMT defender, who inadvertently lobbed the ball into the net for a freak goal.

 

This was a good as it got for Wokingham.  Within twenty minutes JMT were level as Trusty misjudged a corner and the ball was forced over the line from close range.

 

Wanderers came close to regaining the lead - firstly through Darren Wakeley who beat the goalkeeper to the ball but was unable to get past the last defender.  In their next attack Elliott did well to find Prior who hit a left-footed volley just wide of the goal.

 

It was JMT who scored before the break though, a ball into the box was left by everyone except the JMT forward who headed the ball over Trusty.

 

There was further disappointment in the second-half as a cross into the box was missed by the Wanderers' defence and bundled over the line from a yard out.

 

Wokingham had nothing to offer, despite the introduction of Kieron Sherwood, Owen Holland and Oliver Bambrough.  Wanderers failed to show any character or fight and could not complain when JMT added a fourth with another headed goal at the death.

 

This stands out as Wanderers' most lackluster performance of the season and they will hope for a better display against Bracknell Manics in their league cup match next week.

 

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

SUBS: Kieron Sherwood (for Wakeley), Owen Holland (for Devenny), and Oliver Bambrough (for Orbell).