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Binfield S C 5 Wanderers 2
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6th October 2002 - Division 4 - Cantley Playing Fields, Wokingham.

Wanderers made the short journey to Cantley to face fellow title rivals Binfield Social Club.   They welcomed Mark Devenny and Alan Mellor back to the starting line-up and the versatile Jamie Ryall covered for the injured Anthony Prior in attack. 

 

Wokingham started slowly and were undone on a couple of occasions before a Binfield player was left unmarked in the box to blast a volley past Alan Mellor.

 

As has been the case recently, a goal conceded resulted in a drop in confidence and Binfield were able to add three more goals in the half.  The second was a fine 25 yard strike but Wanderers were again lacking defensively as the Social Club increased their advantage.

 

Wanderers left it until the last 15 minutes of the half to start playing and ended the half as the better side.  There were good passing exchanges through the midfield and this produced a chance for Scott Ford, who placed his shot narrowly wide.

 

In an attempt to get back into the match, Wanderers changed to a 4-4-2 formation in the second half with Alan Pearce supporting Ryall in attack.  This had a positive effect on the Blues game and they dominated the half, but only after going a further goal behind due to another sloppy strike.

 

With the added pressure there were chances for Pearce, Stuart Palmer and Andy Kinch without success.

 

The breakthrough came when Pearce was fouled in the box and referee Bate awarded a penalty.  Scott Ford stepped up to confidently send the keeper the wrong way.

 

Wanderers responded well to their goal and substitute Andrew Trinder had a header cleared off the line before Ryall came close with a quick turn and shot.

 

A second penalty was then awarded as a Trinder shot was deflected onto the hand of a Binfield defender.  Ford stepped up and hit a virtually identical penalty to reduce the arrears.

 

Wanderers now have 21 league games left and must regain the winning touch if they are to challenge for promotion.

 

TEAM: Alan Mellor, Chris Orbell, Clint Falcus, Dan Van der Laan-O'Donnell, Phil Soane, Mark Devenny, Stuart Palmer, Scott Ford, Andy Kinch, Alan Pearce, Jamie Ryall.

SUBS: Andrew Trinder (for Kinch), Oliver Bambrough (for Devenny), Lewis Trusty (Not Used), Craig Colman (Not Used).