Letcombe lost their first game of the pre-season in a hastily arranged friendly against Wantage Town Development who included eight former Letcombe players in their squad. The Letcombe pitch was in excellent condition despite very heavy rain throughout the day. With regular centre backs Fraser Little and Michael Annetts both missing, James Wright moved to the heart of the home defence alongside Declan O`Hanlon. Letcombe also welcomed new signing Josh Fowler, who replaced the unavailable Kias Bonner-Shea in attack.
Letcombe were guilty of giving the ball away too easily during the first half, but with James Wright excelling in defence and keeper Danny Joyce handling the ball cleanly, Letcombe kept the mobile Wantage attack under control. Indeed, Letcombe looked dangerous on the break, with Josh Fowler showing why he had played at a higher level. Sam Mulvey and Chris Rivers again worked tirelessly in midfield, but the interval arrived goalless.
Both sides made changes, and Wantage took the lead in the second minute of the half when former Letcombe player Harry Broad cut in from the left and placed his low shot under Joyce. Letcombe brought on 16 year old Aidan Ormrod for his club debut, and he made an instant contribution. Picking the ball up in his own half, he drove forward before exchanging passes with Josh Fowler, who drove the ball into the net. Fowler had a fierce free kick stopped by visiting keeper Harry Whitehead, whilst Alex Harrison and Fowler both lobbed the ball just over the bar with Whitehead stranded. At the other end, Joyce made some excellent saves to keep the scores level, but the winning goal came with ten minutes to play, former Letcombe player Luke Stone placing a looping header into the net from a corner.
Despite the defeat, there were many positives for Letcombe to take from the game, particularly the performances of Wright, Fowler and young Ormrod.