KO: 3:00 PM
Venue: Merland Rise (Banstead Athletic FC)
Slough Goals: M Miller (7 min) Haddow (41 min) Boot (77 min) Hodges
Opponent Goals: Morris (66 min)
a poor pre-season the Rebels were hard-up for some points and it
showed, the players linked up well in midfield and up-front and the
defence dealt with everything it had to. Matt Miller put us ahead on
7 minutes when a well-placed pass found him in space, trouble was
that he was 30 yards from Dave Hyatt's goal. But he ran through the
defence almost effortlessly and slotted the ball home.
pushed forward every time they got hold of the ball and it was
amasing how well they knew each other, they seemed to read each other's
minds and somebody else was always on hand whenever something went
wrong. And, although Slough continued like this, and after some
defensive errors that nearly lead to Epsom snatching an equaliser,
it took Slough up until 41 minutes to get a second goal.
Haddow free-kick on the edge of the area took the slightest of
deflections to send it under the keeper and into the
more good football to follow, much to the delight of the traveling
Slough picked up in the second half
where they left off in the first, with Miller, Boot and Steer all
going close. Then a Steve Daly header from a corner was heading for
the top corner, but Epsom's Graham Morris brilliantly headed the
ball over his own bar to keep them in the game.
minutes into the second half Epsom made two substitutes and minutes
later they earned a penalty. When Haddow lost the ball in our half,
Ingham ran away and it took three players to take him down.
Barrowcliff missed him, Daly slid past him and Adrian Brown pulled
him down inside the area. The referee booked him and Morris stepped
up and fired the ball into the roof of the net for 2-1.
continued to pressurise the Epsom defence with Tony Boot going close
on several occasions, several shots hitting the post and some good
catches from the Epsom keeper, Dave Hyatt.
was on 77 minutes when Tony Boot finally got the goal he deserved
when he ran down the right flank while getting close to the goal. He
saw his first shot come off the keeper but his miss-hit rebound
skimmed the feet of the keeper and rolled slowly into the
Ten minutes later substitute Ian Hodges ran
onto a rebound that came off the keeper. Luckily for him it was high
enough for him the head the ball past the keeper and into the net, witch
he did with perfection and confidence.
final whistle went the Slough fans applauded the team for a job well
done. Rightfully so.
Man of the Match: Matt Miller: I can see why he was the top goalscorer
in Division One North last season!
2. Adrian Brown
3. Danny Steer
4. Steve Daly
5. Nick Gyoury
6. Chris Payne
7. Alex Haddow
8. Ryan Spencer
9. Matt Miller
10. Tony Boot
11. Glen Harris
S1 Ian Hodges
S2 C O'Rourke
S3 Freddie Hyatt
S4 Daniel Whatford
S5 M Bartley