Wokingham Wanderers travelled to Garth Hill School for the match against struggling Downshire
Coach Lewis Trusty made several changes, with Andy Kinch and Trusty himself in the middle of
the midfield, and the fit again Anthony Prior partnering Jamie Ryall in attack.
Wanderers made the worst possible start when in the second minute a speculative long range drive
hit Clint Falcus and looped over Alan Mellor into the back of the net.
Great inconsistency followed as Wanderers enjoyed spells of controlled passing, but were also
found lacking in their defensive duties and were often slow to challenge. There
were good chances for Prior, Ryall and Tom Soane.
With twenty-five minutes gone, Trusty found Prior who took the ball past his man and hammered
a shot high into the corner of the net for a deserved equaliser.
The Wokingham side then pressed the self-destruct button again as another deflected effort saw
Downshire take the lead, which they extended minutes later as an exposed Mellor was beaten at his near post.
Wanderers came out for the second half determined to try to salvage something from the game. Five minutes into the half a long Andy Kinch thrown enabled Prior to control the ball
and hit a low volley past the Downshire keeper, to bring Wanderers back into the match.
It was a more determined Wokingham who battled for an equaliser, with substitute Scott Ford particularly
Another Wanderers goal seemed inevitable and it arrived when a superb Mark Devenny corner found
Ryall unmarked at the far post. He calmly guided the ball into the net for a
This lifted Wanderers, who were able to attack in force, boosted by a solid defensive half from
Chris Orbell, Dan Van der Laan-O'Donnell, Falcus and captain Phil Soane. Alan
Pearce was introduced in place of Kinch.
Wanderers took the lead for the first time in the game with a wonderfully crafted goal. Orbell won possession and played Prior in down the right-hand side. He whipped in a dangerous cross to find Tom Soane at the far-post who chested the ball over the line.
It is a rare thing to see Wanderers sit back on a lead and they were keen to extend their advantage
in the final stages of the match. Andrew Trinder replaced Prior in attack and
he was able to link up well with Devenny and Pearce.
In the dying seconds Mellor slid out of his box to claim the ball but in difficult conditions
he lost possession. The ball fell to a Downshire player who smashed the ball
towards the open goal only for man-of-the match Tom Soane to clear off the line.
Wanderers now travel to Englefield Green to face Tin Hut in the Gowrings Cup next week and they
will no doubt gain confidence from this impressive comeback.
TEAM: Alan Mellor,
Chris Orbell, Clint Falcus, Dan Van der Laan-O'Donnell, Phil Soane, Mark Devenny, Lewis Trusty, Andy Kinch, Tom Soane, Jamie
Ryall, Anthony Prior.
SUBS: Andrew Trinder (for Prior), Scott Ford (for Trusty), Alan Pearce
(for Kinch), Oliver Bambrough (Not Used), Craig Colman (Not Used).