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Dernell Wynter recently toured with MWAFC

By Jeff Barnes

Middlesex Wanderers on tour

Dernell Wynter recently toured with Middlesex Wanderers AFC.

Middlesex Wanderers had been invited by the Jersey FA to be part of the Jackson International Trophy Four team tournament to be held on Thursday May 23rd until Sunday 26th May in the capital, St. Helier.

Amateur representative teams from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland made up the other sides in this round robin competition.

The hosts had a number of high profile games lined up including a game against The British Army in the Southern Counties Cup competition after beating the Royal Navy 6-0.

They also had the annual Muratti final against Guernsey as they contemplate maybe joining the pyramid.

All the games were played at the national stadium which boasts a new 4G surface.

Wanderers took a contingent of 40 as a touring squad along with a team of veterans to take on Jersey in an exhibition game on Saturday.

Middlesex Wanderers kicked off the first game against Jersey on Thursday night after arriving.

The veterans then played on Saturday followed by the touring party taking on a Northern Ireland representative side in the afternoon before facing the Republic of Ireland Representative side on the Sunday morning before coming home.

It was a great honour to be invited back after last touring in 2013 when we also went to Guernsey.

Team: Matt Nolan (Enfield) Rob Laney (Wingate and Finchley) James Folkes D’Sean Theobalds (both Tonbridge Angels) Tom Bonner (Dartford) George Ironton Carl Mensah Jon Clement (all Tring Town) Jay Rolfe (Welwyn Garden City) Dernell Wynter (Potters Bar Town) Mike Jones (Hungerford Town) Kyran Clements Ryan Horne (both Bury Town) Dean Inman (Kingstonian) Josh Urquart (Harlow Town) Khale Da Costa (St. Albans City)

In the first match upon our arrival on the Thursday against the hosts Jersey at the National stadium Middlesex Wanderers recovered from a goal down to secure a draw courtesy of a Rob Laney (Wingate and Finchley) strike.

On Saturday 25th May the Wanderers took on a Republic of Ireland side that had beaten the England C team recently. Again the team had to reduce the arrears thanks to a quality strike from D'Sean Theobalds (Tonbridge Angels). Unfortunately The Irish team snatched victory late on to secure the 3 points.

In what was a grueling schedule Wanderers played their third match in 4 days and again Theobalds managed to give the tourists the lead with a penalty after Mike Jones of Hungerford Town had been brought down.

Dernell Wynter (Potters Bar Town) doubled the lead only for Northern Ireland to strike back.

However the Wanderers held on for victory to finish behind the Republic Ireland in this inaugural Trophy.

Steve Ward from the MWAFC said

"I was pleased Dernell was able to tour with us again after travelling to the Turks and Caicos Islands last year where he scored 7 goals in 3 appearances.

He was someone I was keen to get on our tour again to give us that much needed experience, as I knew what qualities he had.

He’d been watched specifically this year and it was only natural that he would be in our squad.

Over the matches Dernell represented himself and Potters Bar Town FC in a very positive way.

Dernell did well against international teams that had been on training camps prior to the tournament.

I’m glad he got to experience tournament football and had some pressure free football on a beautiful island whilst extending his goal tally for the club."

Updated 11:22 - 7 Jun 2019 by Jeff Barnes

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