late strike from substitute Tony Boot (left) salvaged a deserved
point for the Rebels against third-placed Hampton & Richmond
Borough as they hope to get their top-six challenge back on track.
Although we needed to win after our two previous results, a draw
against one of the chasing pack considering our current
circumstances is quite an achievement.
After Slough had been
hammered 4-0 at The Beveree earlier on in the season, there were
mixed feelings leading up to the game. Some people thought that
Slough didn't stand a chance and that they would be thrashed again,
others though that we would put in an improved performance. People
who thought the second would be correct, although we still failed to
produce a clear-cut chance until the 90th minute.
first-half saw Slough have most of the play but we were unable to do
much with it. We looked most likely to score since the Ashford game
before Christmas, though Hampton were dangerous on the break, and it
was the visitors who took the lead just before half-time.
Foster (right) punched an Richard O'Conner shot over the bar and
from the resulting corner, Alan Inns hit it into the area and it
flew past Alan Foster and was cleared away by Adrian Browne (below
left), straight into the path of Adrian Allen who fired home.
second-half was completely the other way round. Slough were poor,
and Hampton blocked out any danger, with a little help from the
referee of course.
the last minute, Tony Boot scored a equaliser that, for our
first-half performance, was thoroughly deserved. Jarvis attempted to
hit the ball out of play, but Tony Boot snuck in at the last second
and nipped the ball from him, dribbled it up towards goal and hit it
past former Slough 'keeper Adrian Blake.
Slough have fallen behind
in the race for a top-six place, we are three points off 6th place
but with a game in hand and a record of: Ply 25, W 12, D 4 and L 9.
Saturdays game at Worthing is vital and is a must-win.