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24th April 2003 - Division 4 - Cantley, Wokingham.

Following impressive draws with the second and third placed teams in Tin Hut and Bracknell Strikers Reserves, Wanderers were full of optimism as they lined up against Wokingham Cricket Club.

 

Wanderers started well, with Scott Ford and Andy Kinch proving a solid midfield combination.  When the breakthrough came Kinch was the source, releasing Tom Soane who controlled well, held off a defender and finished neatly under the Cricket Club keeper.

 

A second goal followed minutes later when the hard-working Alan Pearce won possession and found Anthony Prior.  Prior spotted the goalkeeper moving off his line and from 30 yards he lifted the ball over him and into the net.

 

Wokingham came close to extending their lead as Tom Soane burst through and shot powerfully against the post.

 

As Wanderers appeared to be in complete control they ended the half on a low as a rare defensive lapse left Mellor exposed and the Cricket Club winger took the ball round him and tapped it into the empty net.  This was the final action of the first half.

 

At half time Clint Falcus came on for Kinch and continued the hard work of his teammate in the midfield.  Ten minutes into the second half Wanderers extended their lead with the goal of the game.  Scott Ford ran through from the halfway line and as the keeper came out Ford skilfully lifted the ball over him and just under the crossbar.

 

A fourth goal was quick in arriving as Falcus released Prior who beat his man and crossed from the by-line.  Waiting in the box was Tom Soane who gratefully tucked away his second of the game.

 

Chirs Orbell then came close as he turned sharply but was unable to get any purchase on his volley, following a Ford throw-in.

 

Wanderers substitutes Mark Devenny and Lewis Trusty then entered the arena, in place of Alan Pearce and injured goalkeeper Alan Mellor.  Dan Van der Laan-ODonnell took over in goal and Falcus dropped back into defence.

 

Following a disputed decision by the referee, Cricket Club pulled a goal back as their striker ran clear to slide the ball past Van der Laan-ODonnell.

 

The Blues were then stunned as another goal was conceded following a corner and for a while Wanderers were getting that sinking feeling once again.

 

However in the last ten minutes they showed determination and resolve and battled their way to victory.  This was an important result for Wanderers, who should now finish above Cricket Club in the league.

 

TEAM: Alan Mellor, Chris Hillsdon, Jamie Ryall, Dan Van der Laan-O'Donnell, Phil Soane, Chris Orbell, Scott Ford, Andy Kinch, Alan Pearce, Anthony Prior, Tom Soane.

SUBS: Clint Falcus (for Kinch), Mark Devenny (for Pearce), Lewis Trusty (for Mellor), Oliver Bambrough (Not Used)