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The Game

               There follows a word for word copy of the match report by Peter Dixon in the
               Bracknell and Wokingham Times.

               CUP FOOTBALL at its best saw                  The game had started well with Cardiff
               Wokingham Town take on, tame and so          threatening to run riot and with Town
               very nearly beat Cardiff City on             showing obvious signs of nerves.
               Saturday.                                    This was clearly shown in the fourth minute
               Town’s players walked from the pitch after   when Wilks played a back-pass to into the
               this FA Cup first round match with heads     path of Bennett who just failed to capitalise
               held high at their superb all-round          on the mistake.
               performance, but disappointed at coming so  Bennett and Hemmerman were both
               close to finishing the tie at the first go.   looking dangerous on the break and it took
               A fairy-tale goal from George Torrance – on  all of the first 15mins to adjust to the pace.
               special Army leave from Berlin – opened      But there is no better settler for nerves than
               the scoring in the 16  minute. It was a lead   a well taken goal and when Torrance
               Town held until the final 11 minutes.        popped up to hammer home from 20 yards
               And if John Wilkes who played a              out the tide was turned.
               tremendous game at the back, had hit         The goal was a pure delight and worth
               home after 56 minutes instead of blazing     every penny of the £ 140 it had cost to fly
               over from five yards out it could well have   him back home for the tie.
               been settled.                                Purser picked up the ball in his own half
                                                            and laid it up field to Brown on the left
                                   Problems                 touchline. He sent it onto Torrance who did
                                                            a neat one-two with Morton before seeing a
               With this being the biggest game in the      gap and hitting home a great shot.
               history of the club, Town knew they would    The goal gave a different complexion on the
               have problems coping with the Third          game and Town began to move forward
               Division side.                               with more purpose and belief in
               Indeed, the signs looked ominous as Cardiff  themselves.
               started at a flying pace. For the first 15   Cottrell, Cox and Torrance were playing
               minutes Town were chasing shadows –          superbly in midfield with Cottrell in particular
               mainly Dave Bennett’s as he ran at the       showing good vision and Cox tackling like a
               defence causing all sorts of havoc.          demon.
               But in the end the forced interruption
               midway through the second half as barriers                        Confidence
               collapsed and fans spilled on to the pitch
               surrounds probably did as much as            The new-found confidence
               anything to deny Town the victory they       Almost brought further reward in the
               deserved.                                    28  minute when Lewis was forced to
               Until that point City had all but run out of   clear off his line after Tom Ryan had
               ideas and had not come close to goal since   connected with the ball.
               the 38  minute of the match when Cox         The second half started as the first had
               cleared off the line from a Dyer back
               header.                                      ended with both teams prepared to run
               Wokingham were turning in the                at each other and playing on equal
               performance of their lives with every player   terms.
               backing up and helping out in defence.       With just 11 minutes of the half gone a
               In attack too there were plenty of support   well worked free kick from just outside
               for the front runners as they took the game   the area almost brought Town’s second
               to their League opponents, making it         - and possibly match deciding- goal.
               impossible to tell the professionals from part   Cottrell took the kick guiding it on to the
               time-timers.                                 head of the incoming Terry Brown who

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