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Wanderers 1 South Ascot 0
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14th December 2003 - Division 3 - Langborough Rec.

Wanderers came up against South Ascot for the second time this season, hoping to repeat their October victory and climb up the league table.


Alan Pearce returned in midfield to replace the absent Matthew Elliott as Wanderers reverted back to a 4-4-2 formation.


The first chance of the game fell to Tom Soane, after Anthony Prior had flicked on a Lewis Trusty pass.  Having beaten his man, Soane shot just wide from an acute angle.


Minutes later Jamie Ryall hit a fine pass to Prior, but his left-footed lob sailed just over the crossbar. 


In return, Wanderers defended strongly and the only threat of the first half was a wayward shot from their lone striker and then a run towards goal, which was thwarted by some brave goalkeeping from Allan Mellor.  These were the only opportunities which the resolute Clint Falcus and Dan van der Laan ODonnell allowed the opposition in the opening period.


As the half came to a close, Wanderers were playing some flowing football but not creating much in the way of chances.  Up front Soane and Prior continued to hassle the Ascot defence but were unable to get the important first goal.  A Soane cross-shot went across the goal and later Prior ran past two and shot just wide.


Wanderers' captain Scott Ford hit the woodwork with a thirty-yard free-kick but play was quickly called back for offside.


There were signs that the breakthrough may come from the wings, as Hillsdon and Pearce on the right and Ryall and Orbell on the left, linked up well.


In the second half and Wanderers enjoyed even more possession but were still left wondering where the goal would come from.


With thirty minutes remaining the deserved Wanderers' goal arrived.  Trusty collected the ball inside his own half and released a curling pass into the path of Soane.  He took the ball first-time and hit a shot beyond the Ascot 'keeper and into the bottom corner of the net.


Shortly afterwards, Wanderers introduced substitutes Kieron Sherwood and Owen Holland in place of Pearce and Orbell.  This provided much needed energy as the game became a midfield battle.


Despite late Ascot pressure, Wokingham held on to pick up their fourth league win of the season.  A win next week against Bracknell Hammers could see them rejoin the chasing pack at the top of the table.


TEAM: Alan Mellor, Chris Hillsdon, Clint Falcus, Dan van der Laan O'Donnell, Jamie Ryall, Alan Pearce, Scott Ford, Lewis Trusty, Chris Orbell, Tom Soane, Anthony Prior.

SUBS: Kieron Sherwood (for Pearce) and Owen Holland (for Orbell).