Wanderers travelled to Englefield
Green for their final friendly before kicking off their league campaign.
BMV were the opposition, and having achieved promotion from Division
Four the previous season, they would provide a fair measure of Wanderers own title credentials.
Disaster struck for Wanderers in the second minute, when the Blues
failure to clear a cross resulted in a soft goal being conceded. There was a
brief resurgence as Wanderers passed the ball with conviction and purpose, however another defensive slip saw BMW strike again. Wanderers would have to work hard to keep the score respectable, it seemed.
A positive spell followed for Wanderers and despite not creating
any clear chances, they dominated the possession and defended with greater success.
A corner after thirty minutes allowed captain Stuart Palmer to pick
out Clint Falcus near-post run and the defender slid in to volley powerfully into the roof of the net.
From this point on, an equaliser looked likely and arrived when Palmer
picked up a loose ball and fired through a crowd of players from 25 yards. 2-2
at Half Time.
The Blues were able to push forward and there were chances for
Palmer, Anthony Prior, Mark Devenny and Jamie Ryall. At the other end Craig Colman,
aided by Dan Van Der Laan-O'Donnell, Falcus and
Stu Orbell, kept BMW at bay.
On the hour mark a Phil Soane ball found Anthony Prior, who ran through two defenders before
hitting a left foot shot across the goalkeeper, which just squirmed inside the far post.
More Wanderers substitutions followed, mainly in the middle of the pitch, where Olly Bambrough,
Lewis Trusty, Andy Kinch, Scott Ford, Mark Devenny and Tom Soane looked assured, despite the rotation of players. There were further chances for Devenny, Palmer and Prior but Wanderers could not build on their lead.
It was cruel on the Blues when BMW hit a long-range equaliser in the dying minutes, but the draw
was still a very encouraging result.
SQUAD: Craig Colman, Chris Orbell, Clint Falcus, Dan Van
der Laan-ODonnell, Phil Soane, Mark Devenny, Jamie Ryall, Stuart Palmer, Scott Ford, Tom Soane, Anthony Prior, Lewis Trusty,
Oliver Bambrough, Andy Kinch.