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3rd November 2002 - Division 4 - Ascot Racecourse

Wokingham travelled to Ascot on the back of three straight wins but it was always going to be a difficult contest given the level of rainfall in the days leading up to the match.

Wanderers were without Mark Devenny, Alan Mellor, Jamie Ryall and Stuart Palmer.  Though striker Anthony Prior was able to take a place on the bench and student goalkeeper Mark Timms returned to deputise for Mellor.

The first half was a fairly even contest with Wanderers threatening. Mainly through Andrew Trinder on the right and Tom Soane in attack.  It was Ascot who took the lead from a right wing cross which left the United striker with a free header.  A scrappy second goal followed just before half time following a mistake from Timms and Wanderers heads were dropping as they came off at the interval.

In the second half Ascot continued to press though Wanderers continued to try to play football, battling against the elements, a poor referee and a diminishing pitch. 


With thirty minutes remaining Andy Kinchs free-kick, intended as a cross, looped over the Ascot keeper to put Wanderers back into the game.  The gay Lua Lua cartwheel which followed was not justified but did raise a few laughs from players and fans.


As is usually the way, a goal scored resulted in goals being conceded soon afterwards and Ascot helped themselves to two, giving them a flattering 4-1 lead.  Player coach Trusty made a double substitution with Prior coming on in his place and Oliver Bambrough replacing Trinder on the right wing.

With ten minutes remaining Prior made room for a shot which was parried by the Ascot keeper into the path of Tom Soane who made no mistake from five yards out.


Minutes later Timms was picking the ball out of the net again as Ascots striker was allowed to run unchallenged and finish with a near post shot.


Wokingham will be disappointed with the end of their winning run and the manner of this defeat, they will need to recover quickly and meet Bracknell Aces at home in their next game.


TEAM: Mark Timms, Chris Orbell, Dan Van der Laan-Odonnell, Clint Falcus, Phil Soane, Andrew Trinder, Scott Ford, Andy Kinch, Alan Pearce, Lewis Trusty, Tom Soane.

SUBS: Oliver Bambrough (for Trinder), Anthony Prior (for Trusty), Craig Colman (Not Used).