15th September 2002 - County Cup Preliminary Round -
Following their fantastic debut victory
against Sunninghill Jauguars, Wanderers were stunned by this heavy defeat inflicted by Windsor-based side Microblast.
made one change as Dan Van der Laan-ODonnell declared himself unfit to start. Jamie
Ryall dropped back into defence and 17 year old Tom Soane made his debut in the middle of midfield. Anthony Prior moved to the left wing and Alan Pearce advanced to become the lone striker.
continued where they had left off as they took another early lead when Andy Kinch found Scott Ford with a 30 yard through
ball. Ford remained composed as two defenders caught him, and slid the ball through
the legs of the onrushing keeper.
What happened next surprised everyone. Passes went astray, challenges were lost and at times non-existent, heads dropped
and goals were conceded. In a breath-taking twenty-five minute spell Microblast
smashed four past the helpless Craig Colman. It seemed things couldnt get any
worse but they did, a dubious penalty decision saw Microblast gain an opportunity to extend their lead. Fortunately a Chris Waddle-inspired penalty gave Wanderers genuine hope of scoring the goals required to
win the tie, but they still trailed by three goals at the break. There was one
enforced change before the interval as Mark Devenny pulled his hamstring and so Andrew Trinder entered the play for his Wanderers
There was brief hope as Wanderers battled well in the opening minutes of the second half. Pearce moved back to the left wing to enable Prior to resume his familiar striking role. However when chasing a long-ball minutes later, Prior too suffered a hamstring injury. Following some treatment he was unable to continue and so Oliver Bambrough came on to take over on the
left side, with Pearce again moving up-front.
Wanderers heads dropped once more and Microblast were able to repeat their four goal haul from the first half.
Scott Ford managed a consolation goal from the penalty spot after Pearce was hauled down in the area.
Towards the end Clint Falcus limped off and Van der Laan-ODonnell replaced him in the heart of a despondent Wanderers
Tom Soane and Andy Kinch battled well throughout the game and both came close
to scoring but it was a shell-shocked and shameful Blues side who made their way off of the Langborough pitch.
TEAM: Craig Colman, Andy Kinch, Clint Falcus, Jamie Ryall, Phil Soane, Mark Devenny,
Stuart Palmer, Scott Ford, Tom Soane, Anthony Prior, Alan Pearce.
Trinder (for Devenny), Oliver Bambrough (for Prior), Dan Van der Laan-ODonnell (for Falcus), Lewis Trusty (not