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Wanderers 9 Bracknell Aces 4
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10th November 2002 - Division 4 - Langborough Rec.

Following their defeat against Ascot United Reserves in their last match, Wanderers were desperate to return to winning ways against bottom club Bracknell Aces.

Craig Colman returned in goal, with Chris Orbell, Dan Van der Laan-ODonnell, Clint Falcus and captain Phil Soane again forming the Wanderers defence.  Stuart Palmer was back to play on the right wing, with Tom Soane on the left and Andy Kinch and Scott Ford in the centre of midfield.  Anthony Prior started for only the fourth time this season, partnering Lewis Trusty in attack.


Wanderers started positively and there were chances for Trusty, Prior and Soane.

However it was Aces who took the lead, thanks only to a disgraceful lack of sportsmanship.  Following a challenge with the goalkeeper. Prior lay injured but the Bracknell side refused to kick the ball out of play and as Wanderers players stood in disbelief, Colman was beaten by a low shot into the corner.


Prior and Palmer had further chances to equalise without success however midway through the half the two combined as Prior was sent clear to finish clinically into the corner of the net.


A sweeping move then saw Wanderers take the lead.  Kinch found Palmer who exchanged passes with Prior before seeing his shot blocked by the Aces keeper.  Trusty followed up but his effort was only cleared into the path of Tom Soane who had the simple task of finishing into an empty net.


Full of confidence, Wanderers struck again following an excellent clearance by Colman.  Prior brought it under control and passed the ball into the path of Tom Soane who finished well with a first time shot from 15 yards.


There was time for a fourth goal in the half as Wanderers broke away following an Aces corner.  Tom Soanes shot was saved but fell kindly for Palmer who headed into the net.


In the second half Wanderers were quick to extend their lead as Soane completed his hat-trick with a low 20 yard drive.  A sixth followed as Prior threaded a through ball to Trusty who finished emphatically.


Then from a corner Clint Falcus headed the ball to Anthony Prior who volleyed the ball into the top corner for his second of the game.  The hat-trick and Wanderers eighth arrived following a corner from substitute Mark Devenny.  The ball was finished from close range by Priors left foot following two saves from the Aces keeper who was injured in the process. 


Fellow substitutes Ed Townsend and Oliver Bambrough adjusted well to the play and were effective replacements for Orbell and Tom Soane respectively.


Scott Ford was then sent clear to calmly finish and put Wanderers into a 9-1 lead and an apparent position of comfort. 

To everyones surprise Aces came to life in the last five minutes and struck three times, giving a score which was more flattering than their performance deserved.


Wanderers now meet Barn Rangers in the last 16 of the Gowrings Cup and can take a great deal


TEAM: Craig Colman, Chris Orbell, Dan Van der Laan-Odonnell, Clint Falcus, Phil Soane, Stuart Palmer, Scott Ford, Andy Kinch, Tom Soane, Lewis Trusty, Anthony Prior.

SUBS: Mark Devenny (for Kinch), Edward Townsend (for Orbell), Oliver Bambrough (for T Soane).