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20th October 2002 - Gowrings Cup First Round - King's Lane, Englefield Green

Following their victory over Downshire Arms it was a depleted Wanderers squad that travelled to Englefield Green to take on a Tin Hut side boasting a 100% record from their opening four games.

In the early stages they laid the foundations for a solid performance with a determined defensive display.  Alan Mellor looked impressive in goal with Mark Devenny and Tom Soane offering pace and guile in attack.

The breakthrough came following a corner when Dan Van der Laan-ODonnell hit a low left-foot shot which Tom Soane deflected into the net.
 
After opening the scoring Wanderers sat back slightly and Tin Hut threatened but again found Mellor to be a formidable barrier.

 

However in the closing minutes of the half, Mellor uncharacteristically dropped a cross and left the Tin Hut striker with an easy tap-in to equalise.


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

Just beyond the hour mark a superb Devenny near-post corner was volleyed into the net by Dan Van der Laan-ODonnell to put Wanderers back in front.

Ten minutes later Kinch headed the ball twenty yards to put Ryall through, as he approached the keeper he was brought down maliciously.  The result, a penalty to Wanderers which Scott Ford tucked away, and a red card for the guilty Tin Hut defender.

In their best spell of the match Wanderes went close to extending their lead as Ryall twice wasted chances and Ford hit a powerful free-kick just wide of the goal.

Tin Hut pulled a goal back in the closing minutes but Wanderers held on and this Blood and Guts performance deservedly earned them a place in the next round of the Gowrings Cup.

 

TEAM: Alan Mellor, Chris Orbell, Dan Van der Laan-ODonnell, Jamie Ryall, Phil Soane, Mark Devenny, Scott Ford, Andy Kinch, Lewis Trusty, Alan Pearce, Tom Soane.

SUBS: Clint Falcus (for Trusty), Oliver Bambrough (for Pearce).