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Rebels lose on the road
by Nathan on 20/09/2003

Read the match report on today's game away to Croydon Athletic.

Croydon Athletic 1-0 Slough Town

Date: 20/09/03
KO: 3:00 PM
Venue: Mayfields (Croydon Athletic FC)
Slough Goals: None
Opponent Goals: John Fowler (63 min)
Attendance: 151

1st Half

We were playing a team with a ground as awkward to get to as Dulwich Hamlet and to put the cherry on the cake, not only did it take me an hour and a half to get there, I got there and my team fell to pieces. We did not play like a professional team (apologies to those who played well or at least tried, aka Ryan Spencer (pictured left)) but had we taken half our chances we would have buried them, but had they taken half their chances they would have buried us as well. It still eludes me why Ryan Spencer is still running the midfield on his own (or at least trying) or why we had three up front, with Tony Boot having no understanding with Matt Miller, which is a shame because you would have thought that Sammy Winston was Tony's older brother!

As soon as I arrived inside the picturesque Mayfields Stadium, the first thing I noticed is that it was awkward to navigate around the ground, which is a shame because the pitch could not have been in a better condition than it was today. The match: rubbish. I noticed that Ian Hodge (pictured right) had a stitch above his left eye. Tony Boot had a golden opportunity early on but had Matt Miller got on the end of Tony's pass, it would have been in the back of the net (I do miss Sammy Winston!). Instead, the ball hit the feet of the goalkeeper before Matt Miller even had a look in.

The rest of the half was nothing special, a few half chances and proper chances that went begging, but nothing spectacular.

2nd Half

Slough needed a change of tactics, but that change of tactics never came.

Alan Foster (pictured left) pulled off a spectacular save 5 minutes into the second half to keep the game level, the ball had appeared to have beaten him but he proved us wrong, he stretched his arms out behind him and kept the ball out.

The second half wasn't much different from the first, Slough's best chance having to be an effort from less than 20 yards out from Alex Haddow that hit the post, but the real highlight of the game was that of the winning goal on 63 minutes.

Croydon Athletic beat us on the break like they had already done on numerous occasions and a striker slotted the ball underneath Alan Foster to sent Athletic in front and on their way to all 3 points.

The rest of the game could have been described using one single quote that I said during the second half: Slough were going to come back and win this game and the Titanic was unsinkable. Three points was out of the question but the point was still possible, Slough putting Croydon Athletic under pressure but there was one thing that they lacked, and that was the final through ball, end of story. Freddie Hyatt (pictured right) and Mark Bartley came on late on but it was too late for them to change the game.

The Slough Side
1 Alan Foster
2 Anthony Howard (off 67 min)
3 Paul Barrowcliff
4 Steve Daly
5 Nick Gyoury (off 90 min)
6 Ryan Spencer
7 Alex Haddow
8 Glen Harris (off 90 min)
9 Ian Hodges
10 Tony Boot
11 Matt Miller

Substitutes

S1 Freddie Hyatt (on 90 min)
S2 Mark Bartley (on 90 min)
S3 Adrian Browne
S4 Daniel Steer (on 67 min)
S5 Rav Briach

RebelsOnline Man of the Match

Ryan Spencer

Always tries hard.
(Others chose Paul Barrowcliff so he also gets a mention)

Match Photos

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