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Wokingham Wanderers F.C.
Wanderers 1 FC Bracknell O B Res. 6
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22nd September 2002 - Division 4 - Langborough Rec.

The Blues became the Black and Whites as Wanderers had to wear their change kit for the visit of FC Bracknell Old Boys Reserves.  Wanderers were also missing the services of Mark Devenny, Alan Pearce, Alan Mellor, Anthony Prior and Edward Townsend.  


Wokingham started well and battled competently, without forcing any real goal threat.  They did limit FC Bracknell to very few chances and it seemed that the match would be won, or lost, in the midfield.


In a closely fought contest, FC Bracknell took the lead when Andy Kinch failed to control a bouncing ball, enabling the Old Boys forward to bury a low shot passed Craig Colman. 


Wanderers replied and there were half-chances for Stuart Palmer and Chris Orbell but the Wokingham-based side trailed 1-0 at the interval.


The second half followed a similar pattern to the first and Wanderers produced some neat passing spells but were stretched again and conceded a penalty as Jamie Ryall brought down an Old Boys forward.  Colman was sent the wrong way with the spot kick and Wanderers were left with a mountain to climb to get back into the match.


Where they were closely matched in the first half there now seemed a large gap as FC Bracknell passed the ball confidently and Wanderers failed to retain possession.  The result another four goals being conceded, though to their credit Wanderers still tried to find a way back into the game.


They got their reward when Dan Van der Laan-O'Donnell flicked an Andrew Trinder corner into the path of fellow substitute Clint Falcus, who hit a low shot through a crowd of players into the back of the net.


It was a despondent Wanderers side that walked off of the pitch at the end of the match, and they now have two weeks to recover before the difficult trip to play Binfield Social Club.


TEAM: Craig Colman, Chris Orbell, Tom Soane, Jamie Ryall, Phil Soane, Oliver Bambrough, Lewis Trusty, Scott Ford, Andy Kinch, Andrew Trinder, Stuart Palmer.

SUBS: Dan Van der Laan-O'Donnell (for Kinch), Clint Falcus (for Bambrough).