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Wanderers 5 Sunninghill Jaguars 1
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10th September 2002 - Division 4 - Langborough Rec.

Wanderers welcomed Sunninghill Jaguars for this, their first match, played at the Langborough Recreation Ground in Wokingham.

Encouraged by their weekend friendly draw with Third Division side BMW Wanderers started well and within a minute were awarded a penalty when Mark Devenny was fouled just inside the box.  Anthony Prior stepped up but blasted his spot-kick over the bar.

Wanderers continued to attack and there were chances for Prior, Alan Pearce and Stuart Palmer who all tested the Jaguars' goalkeeper.  The breakthrough came when Palmer released Prior down the right-hand side, cutting inside he hit a low shot beyond the goalkeeper and into the corner of the net.

Sunninghill resorted to a long ball style in an attempt to get back into the game but every attack was comfortably dealt with by 'keeper Craig Colman and his defence of Andy Kinch, Dan Van der Laan-O'Donnell, Clint Faclus and Phil Soane.

A second Wanderers goal seemed inevitable and arrived when Devenny sent Prior clear and he cheekily chipped the onrushing Jaguars 'keeper.

Wokingham were not prepared to sit back on their lead and five minutes later they scored again when Palmer burst down the right and when his cross wasn't dealt with, he followed up to blast the ball into the corner of the net.

In an impressive half Palmer also hit the post and the solid Scott Ford tested the 'keeper from distance.  3-0 at Half-Time.

Jaguars came out with greater determination in the second-half and created a few chances but still the Wanderers' defence kept them at bay.

However with twenty minutes remaining Wanderers conceded a free-kick 25 yards out and this was curled beyond Colman into the top corner.

Van der Laan-ODonnell suffered an injury shortly after this and so Jamie Ryall moved back to defence.  Wanderers also introduced Oliver Bambrough, Lewis Trusty and Edward Townsend in the second half.

With two minutes remaining, in diminishing light, Colman's long kick found  Prior  who  sprinted away from two defenders to smash a shot into the far corner for his hat-trick.

There was still time for Palmer to grab his second, a goal which was virtually identical to his first. 

 

TEAM: Craig Colman, Andy Kinch, Clint Falcus, Dan Van der Laan-ODonnell, Phil Soane, Mark Devenny, Jamie Ryall, Stuart Palmer, Scott Ford, Alan Pearce, Anthony Prior.
SUBS: Lewis Trusty (for Van der Laan-ODonnell), Oliver Bambrough (for Pearce), Edward Townsend (for Kinch), Andrew Trinder (not used).