Wanderers faced league leaders Finchampstead Athletic Sunday B, knowing that they cannot finish any higher or lower
in the table.
With a strong wind and a big pitch, Wanderers found themselves defending for the entire first half as Finchampstead
passed the ball quickly and accurately.
Despite this, the Blues were only one goal down at the interval. A quick switch of play saw a fierce shot drive
past Mellor from Finch's
The fact that Wanderers were only a goal down owed much to committed battling and dogged defending.
Wanderers entered the second-half knowing that their opponents would come straight at them. In the home encounter
Wokingham were in the same position going into the second period, only to see Finchampstead hit four goals in quick succession.
Within two minutes of the start of the half, Allan Mellor was forced to make a superb save, as he palmed a powerful
shot away from goal.
A second goal followed minutes later as a cross from the left was diverted towards goal. Mellor made a great
block but in the ensuing scramble the ball was headed in off the crossbar.
Wanderers responded well and started to come into the game and enjoy a share of possession. Midway through
the second-half, they pulled a goal back.
A long ball from the back was flicked on and Tom Soane beat the goalkeeper to the ball and steered it wide of him
and into the net.
As Wanderers' sought an equaliser Finch hit back almost immediately. There didn't seem much danger as the Finch
midfielder picked the ball up some 25 yards from goal, but Mellor was beaten by a sweetly struck effort into the bottom corner.
Wanderers continued to battle, with substitutes Pearce, Sherwood and Holland all making contributions. Tom Soane set up Anthony
Prior but his low effort was saved, and then Wanderers were denied a reasonable penalty shout as a high foot in
the box went unpunished.
3-1 was a good result against a side who will probably win the division and it was a big improvement on the 6-1 defeat
which Wanderers suffered two months ago.
Allan Mellor had a great game in goal, and defenders Hillsdon, van der Laan O'Donnell, Falcus, Orbell and later Matthew
Elliott all played their part in keeping the scoreline respectable.
TEAM: Allan Mellor, Chris Hillsdon,
Clint Falcus, Dan van der Laan O'Donnell, Chris Orbell, Anthony Prior, Scott Ford, Lewis Trusty, Jamie Ryall, Tom Soane, Matthew
SUBS: Alan Pearce (for Ryall), Kieron
Sherwood (for Trusty) and Owen Holland (for Falcus).