KO: 3:00 PM
Venue: Stag Meadow (Windsor & Eton FC)
Slough Goals: Matt Miller (57 min), Ian Hodges (???)
Opponent Goals: None
We were playing a team that hadn't won a league
game all season, and how it showed! Tony Boot could have put us
ahead after 5 minutes when his half hit shot found it's way past the
keeper, only to hit the post, bobble across the goalmouth and roll to safety.
Miller (left), playing his best football since the Molesey game, had a
couple of half-chances, one of which resulted in a crunching
collision with the Godalming & Guildford keeper, causing the
keeper to be noticeably limping throughout the rest of the game.
Gees' goalkeeper was impressive throughout the first half, using his
considerable height to his advantage, although he nearly gifted the
Rebels a goal when he threw the ball straight to the unmarked Ryan
Spencer, but the home side somehow managed to waste the chance.
rest of the half was all one way and it is beyond me how Slough
didn't go into half-time several goals up!
The Gees didn't have a
shot on goal in the first half and showed very little discipline,
with several players being booked. Their number 6 was fortunate to
remain on the pitch following a dreadful late tackle on Ian Hodges
took his legs from under him.
Towards the end of
the half, the home support behind the goal thought that the Rebels
had finally got the goal that their pressure deserved, but Ian
Hodges' goalbound header was scrambled off the line by a defender.
The Rebels had as many chances to put the game
beyond the Gees as they had during the first half, only they should
have taken more of them.
It was after around 5
minutes into the second half that the visitors managed to muster
their first shot of the match, firing narrowly wide.
57 minutes, Matt Miller scored the opening goal we were all beginning
to think would never come. Glen Harris (left) won the ball down the right
flank, crossed the ball over a defender to Matt Miller who was
waiting, he then ran at the keeper before lofting the ball over him
and into the empty net.
At this point, one would
have expected the Gees to go to pieces but, to their credit, they
were spurred on to their best spell of the match, but Alan Foster
(right) was equal to their shot, saving low to his right.
second goal was scored by Ian Hodges who latched onto a brilliant
Ryan Spencer cross and fired the ball past the keeper, giving him no
A victory in the FA Cup is a victory, be
it 1-0 or 10-0 and the Rebels progressed comfortably into Monday's
2nd Qualifying Round draw. Whilst the scoreline suggests a close
match, it was in fact, anything but. Slough dominated throughout
and, with some better finishing, could have won by a far larger
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