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Rebels Progress in FA Cup
by Nathan on 14/09/2003

The Rebels beat Godalming & Guildford 2-0 in the FA Cup yesterday. Read the match report here.

Slough Town 2-0 Godalming & Guildford

Date: 13/09/03
KO: 3:00 PM
Venue: Stag Meadow (Windsor & Eton FC)
Slough Goals: Matt Miller (57 min), Ian Hodges (???)
Opponent Goals: None
Attendance: 319

1st Half

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.

Matt 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.

The 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.

The 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 (right) that 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.

2nd Half

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.

On 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.

The 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 chance.

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 margin.

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The Slough Side
1 Alan Foster
2 Darron Wilkinson
3 Danny Steer
4 Mark Bartley
5 Nick Gyoury
6 Glen Harris
7 Chris Payne
8 Ryan Spencer
9 Ian Hodges
10 Tony Boot
11 Matt Miller

Substitutes

S1 Freddie Hyatt
S2 Rav Braich
S3 Daniel Whatford
S4 Steve Daly
S5 Scott O'Rourke

RebelsOnline Man of the Match

Ryan Spencer

One of his good days today, outstanding.

Match Photos


The Gees' goalkeeper takes a goalkick


Ian Hodges awaits in the box


Matt Miller


Nick Gyoury controls the ball on the left


The goalkeeper thwarts another Slough attack


Alan Foster gets some refreshment prior to the 2nd half


Matt Miller awaits a corner


Ryan Spencer controls the ball


Second Half Action


Ryan Spencer shows off his ball control


Ian Hodges slices a shot wide


Ryan Spencer crosses the ball


Glen Harris takes a corner


Ryan Spencer beats his man


Ian Hodges makes it two-nil


Ian Hodges congratulates Ryan Spencer for his cross

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