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Bracknell Aces 0 Wanderers 4
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16th March 2003 - Division 4 - Easthampstead Park, Wokingham.

Having overcome Ascot United Reserves in their last game, Wanderers travelled to Easthampstead Park to meet Bracknell Aces.

 

Lewis Trusty started in attack with Tom Soane moving to right midfield and Andy Kinch starting on the bench.  In the early stages Wanderers struggled to keep possession, as Bracknell seemed intent on playing a scrappy long ball game.

 

As the half progressed Wanderers created three chances but could not score as Trusty, Chris Orbell and then Anthony Prior all failed with their efforts.  Midway through the first period Clint Faclus played a long ball to Prior who beat one defender before having his ankles clipped, as the ball spun away an Aces defender inadvertently directed the ball into his own net to give Wanderers a deserved lead.

 

Five minutes later Falcus again hit an accurate fifty-yard ball into the path of Prior.  The Wanderers striker didnt let the ball bounce, controlling it instantly before side footing into the corner of the net.  Wokingham dominated the rest of the half but could not add to their two-goal lead.

 

Andy Kinch came on for the second half for Trusty, allowing Tom Soane to move up front.  Aces put Wanderers under more pressure but proved very one dimensional in their long-ball game.  The Wokingham defence and goalkeeper Mellor proved a formidable barrier and the Bracknell side never really looked capable of scoring.

 

For all their possession in the second half, Wanderers were only able to add two more goals.  The first came from a Jamie Ryall cross, which Clint Falcus bravely bundled over the line.

 

The fourth and final goal came when Kinchs long throw found Scott Ford who controlled and turned before calmly finishing from an acute angle.

 

Wanderers came close in the dying minutes as chances fell to both Tom Soane and substitute Alan Pearce, but 4-0 was the end result and one Wokingham can be reasonably proud of.

 

TEAM: Alan Mellor, Chris Hillsdon, Clint Falcus, Dan Van der Laan-O'Donnell, Phil Soane, Tom Soane, Scott Ford, Chris Orbell, Jamie Ryall, Anthony Prior, Lewis Trusty.

SUBS: Andy Kinch (for Trusty), Alan Pearce (for Orbell)