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Rebels 7-1 Epsom & Ewell

Postman Pat is good, but Postman Hodge is better!
by Nathan on 13/12/2003

The Rebels secured a comfortable victory with goals from Tony Boot (2), Ian Hodge (4) and Ryan Spencer (1). Read the match report here.

Slough Town


Epsom & Ewell


Ian Hodge (1-0, 2-0, 6-1, 7-1)
Tony Boot (3-0 pen, 5-1)
Ryan Spencer (4-1)

Division One South


Hatton (3-1)

Date: 13/12/2003
KO: 3:00 PM
Venue: Stag Meadow
Attendance: 252
The Report
At the time of writing this, I'm in a very good mood. Why? Because I just LOVE it when we win, and today we won well. Not just well, VERY well. Today we played as a team, a team that believed it had quality. It may be because Epsom & Ewell have won only once all season, and are bottom of the table, but if we play like this every week then we will easily finish inside the top six at the end of the season.

With many of the top six playing each other today, a win would grant us a possible route to a top six place by the end of the day. Many thought it would be a tight game, by hell it wasn't! And it was only about 12 minutes into the match that Slough went ahead. Ian Hodge met a cross from the left and slotted the ball home. He even scored out second from a header at the near post.

Around the half-hour mark, Slough won a penalty. Tony Boot was brought down inside the area. He hit the resulting penalty to the keeper's left and although the 'keeper guessed correctly, he was unable to stop the shot. Slough went into half-time 3-0 in the lead, cruising.

The second-half kicked off and Slough had most of the possession, but the first goal of the half was scored when poor work from the Slough defence saw Epsom have a golden opportunity to get back into the game. Simon Hatton fired past the helpless Alan Foster from close range.

Immediate after the restart, Ryan Spencer restored our three-goal lead with a cross into the area, only the keeper didn't see it until it was too late and it bounced into the empty, with no resistance.

Our fifth came from Tony Boot when a goalmouth scramble saw the ball run loose and Tony Boot latched onto it and sent it past the keeper for 5-1.

Ian Hodge rounded off the afternoon with two well-taken goals. His third (and our sixth) came when he headed home at the near post from a cross from Matt Miller. Soon after that, Hodge chased a long through ball, took it up to the goal-line and scored what seemed to be an unlikely goal from a very sharp angle.

A very not-tight affair, we did have two goals disallowed for offside in the first-half, but all-in-all it was a very easy win.

The Slough Side
1 Alan Foster
2 Michael Murphy
3 Danny Steer
4 Steve Daly
5 Martin Moller
6 Darron Wilkinson
7 Freddie Hyatt
8 Ryan Spencer
9 Ian Hodge
10 Tony Boot
11 Matt Miller


S1 Glen Harris (on for Wilkinson)
S2 Mark Bartley (on for Spencer)
S3 Rav Briach
S4 Adrian Browne
S5 None

RebelsOnline Man of the Match

Ian Hodge

He scored four goals, need any other reason?

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