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.
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
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!