WRAYSBURY returned to winning form in Division One after a 3-1 win against Hounslow Wanderers at The Memorial Ground on Saturday.

The home side made the perfect start as Levi Smith beat his man to deliver a super ball onto the head of the onrushing Garret Pikulak and the big number nine made no mistake inside the first minute.

Wraysbury had the chance to double their advantage when Smith played in Pikulak and he was brought down inside the box after rounding the keeper.

The returning captain John Mallard stepped up to fire the resulting spot-kick low and into the corner with the minimum of fuss in the ninth minute.

Mack Bermingham was unfortunate not to add a third Wraysbury goal with what would have been a Goal of the Season contender. He received the ball 30-yards from goal and attempted an audacious chip which the keeper did well to turn onto the crossbar.

Hounslow came flying out of the traps for the start to the second-half and won a deserved penalty as a corner was half-cleared and a shot from the edge of the box hit the arm of the on-rushing Harry Longman.

Stags keeper Chris Randall guessed correctly and got a hand to the resulting spot-kick but it went in to give the visitors a route back into the match.

Wraysbury restored their two-goal lead when Mitch Formaisano made an unmarked run down the wing and delivered a low cross to the front post where Pikulak turned the ball home.

Jake Bermingham of Wraysbury said: “This was a really good bounce back performance after last week. The boys responded with a solid team effort across the park. This is now the standard and minimum requirement for the rest of this season”

The win means Wraysbury remain top of the table and four points clear of KS Gryf in second place. The Stags travel to fifth-placed Slough Heating Laurencians Reserves this Saturday (2pm).

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