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Wokingham Wanderers F.C.
Bracknell Hammers 2 Wanderers 1
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21st December 2003 - Division 3 - Wildridings, Bracknell.

Having defeated South Ascot last week, Wanderers were looking to end the year with another success as they faced Bracknell Hammers.


With Dan van der Laan ODonnell absent, Chris Orbell dropped back into defence and Owen Rocket Holland took his place on the left wing.


Wanderers struggled to get used to the conditions and a heavy pitch and strong wind contributed to some sloppy play from the men in blue shirts.  Only an outstanding Alan Mellor save denied Bracknell from scoring after Wanderers afforded them a free header.


At the other end Tom Soane shot wide after being released by Anthony Prior, who later had a header save from a Holland cross.


With ten minutes of the half remaining, Wanderers fell behind.  A low driven free-kick was sliced into his own net by Lewis Trusty.


Wokingham started the second-half with more determination and within two minutes they were level.  Trusty passed to Prior on the halfway line and he it took it past one before playing a thirty yard pass across the face of goal to Soane who smashed the ball into the corner of the net.


This should have lifted Wanderers but they instead spent most of the remaining forty minutes defending.


In attack Wanderers were too reliant on the long ball and with the wind growing in strength they enjoyed no further success.


The winning goal came midway through the second-half as Bracknell were allowed to head towards goal without a single challenge.  As Mellor rushed out of his goal the ball bounced towards a Hammers midfielder who drove the ball low into the net from fifteen yards.


The introduction of Mark Devenny, Mark Timms and Kieron Sherwood gave Wanderers a bit more energy but Wokingham were unable to trouble the Hammers defence.


With time running out, Mellor took a free-kick on the halfway line which the Hammers keeper could not deal with.  Unfortunately there were no Wanderers players in position to punish the error.


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

SUBS: Mark Devenny (for Holland), Mark Timms (for Trusty), Kieron Sherwood (for Pearce).