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Ashford Town 1-2 Rebels

Rebels disappoint, but still win!
by Nathan on 24/12/2003

The Rebels should consider themselves lucky to come away with all three points against Ashford having been 1-0 down with five minutes of normal time left to play.

Ashford Town (Mx)

v

Slough Town

1

Scorers:
TBA (1-0)



Division One South

2

Scorers:
T Boot (1-1)
S Daly (2-1)

Date: 23/12/2003
KO: 7:45 PM
Venue: Ashford Town (Mx)
Attendance: 200
The Report
Useless, pathetic, hopeless and embarrassing. That could describe Slough's performance for the first 75 minutes of this match. But when our first goal went in, our morale was raised dramatically and we played some really nice, if not nerve-racking football.

With Ryan Spencer out, it was clear from the word go that our midfield would struggle. But the introduction of Glen Harris midway through the second-half changed this.

The first-half, it wasn't as though we played badly, it was just that we couldn't create clear goalscoring opportunities with our possession. It was very similar to the first-half at Marlow on Saturday.

The refereeing wasn't good either. The referee (who we had the immense misfortune of having to referee the match) failed to spot that a foul on Ian Hodges midway through the first-half was about 3 feet into the penalty area and therefore should have been a penalty, but no. He gave a free-kick upon the advice from the linesman with the white stick.

Now the second-half was different. Slough were transformed from a team that matched their opponents to a team that would lose to a Sunday league side.

And around 60 minutes, the inevitable happened. Ashford scored. Alan Foster was lobbed from about 20 yards out and this had a devastating affect on Slough's performance.

We couldn't pass, we couldn't shot or tackle after that and whatever chance we did have went begging. Credit must go to Alan Foster who kept us in the game with some good saves.

All that changed on 86 minutes when Tony Boot hammered in our first goal from close range and we were transformed yet again to a team that played with some real confidence and we stepped up a couple of gears.

Our newfound confidence really showed from then on and we played some nice football and Slough managed to defy all odds and scored again. A free-kick from about 35 yards out was whipped in and was seemingly heading for nowhere, until it evaded everyone outside the area and met the powerful head of Steve Daly and found itself in the back of the net and all the Slough fans went ecstatic.

But remember, this match wasn't all positives. For the first 75 minutes or so we were crap and Ashford fully deserved their one-goal lead until Tony Boot leveled things up on 86 minutes.

It is now four games unbeaten and only 2 goals conceded in out last four games. We now lye in 4th place on goal-difference ahead of Hampton in the build-up to the big show-down between the Rebels and our local rivals and landlords, Windsor & Eton on boxing day with a 12:00 PM KO. Be there!

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

Substitutes

S1 Glen Harris (on for Miller)
S2 Adrian Browne
S3 Chris Payne
S4 Ellyas Bakishan
S5 None

RebelsOnline Man of the Match

Glen Harris

Came on and transformed the midfield

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