KO: 3:00 PM
Venue: Mayfields (Croydon Athletic FC)
Slough Goals: None
Opponent Goals: John Fowler (63 min)
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
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.
of the half was nothing special, a few half chances and proper
chances that went begging, but nothing spectacular.
Slough needed a change of tactics, but that
change of tactics never came.
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.
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.
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.
rest of the game could have been described using one single quote
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
||Anthony Howard (off 67 min)
||Nick Gyoury (off 90 min)
||Glen Harris (off 90 min)
||Freddie Hyatt (on 90 min)
||Mark Bartley (on 90 min)
||Daniel Steer (on 67 min)