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April 2017

Off the back of a month where the Men's teams secured just 3 points from 21 and the Women closed out their league dead last and were knocked out of their last competition by walkover, it couldn't get much worse. You'd think...

The 1sts game versus Epsom Athletic Reserves was called off so a handful of players were drafted into the 2nds game versus Real Holmesdale Reserves. 1-5 loss with a consolation goal from Ryan O'Neill.​A first night game under the floodlights at Mayfield Stadium was an opportunity for the 2nds to make amends, again, with the help of a couple of 1sts players. Unable to make untold chances count, Wallington Casuals steamrollered the defence to win 7-4. Goals for O'Neill (2), Aaron McCann and a generous own goal.​The 1sts were back in action with a double-header against Chessington KC Reserves. They fared no better with a heart-breaking 1-0 loss followed by a 2-6 capitulation. McCann and James Byrne chipped in. The 2nds, short of players due to injuries and call ups to the 1sts forfeited games against Beckenham and Chessington KC A. But the 1sts faced high-flying Motspur Park, who were chasing the crown. They didn't reckon on a resurgent Wanderers and a hard-fought battling game, involving no shortage of handbags mixed with some end-to-end entertainment, resulted in a 2-2 draw. Motspur's title hopes were dented but Wanderers players were buoyant; the crucial goal was Charlie Tracey's powerful, towering header from the edge of the box which was his 57th for the club - moving him into the all-time top-scorer position.

The 1sts faced high-flying Motspur Park ... they didn't reckon on a resurgent Wanderers and a hard-fought battling game, involving no shortage of handbags mixed with some end-to-end entertainment

The last game in April was the 2nds against Rollers Athletic. Assured of an 11th place finish, the game meant little. The promotional material demonstrated just how eager many people were for the season just to be over (see below). And then, madness; despite being 3-0 up, the Rollers Manager was sent off over whether a throw-in was a throw-in or not. Wanderers' tails were up and they hammered in five unanswered goals, kicked off by Tim 'Back Post' Baxter, who slid in the aforementioned throw-in. Then Lewis Adams and Tim Bamigbade netted, with McCann getting his 3rd of the month and O'Neill getting his 4th. Two brilliant matches for the club that almost made up for the rest of the month.

Lastly, on the social side, charity partners Football Beyond Borders held their first comedy night featuring Tom Rosenthal from Channel 4's Friday Night Dinner and ITV's Plebs. A great night was had by all, none more so than Chairman Jamie Harvey.

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