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Rebels 3-2 Horsham

Close match, but why?
by Nathan on 09/02/2004

The Rebels made it difficult on themselves when they threw away a two-goal thanks to goals from Charman either side of half-time.

Slough Town




Ian Hodge (1-0, 2-0, 3-2)

Division One South


Charman (2-1, 2-2)

Date: 08/02/2004
KO: 3:00 PM
Venue: Stag Meadow
Attendance: 347
The Report
Slough Town made it three wins in a row on Saturday at home against lowly Horsham. Despite Horsham's league position, they had made it through three tough games against Bromley, Marlow and Croydon Athletic, undefeated. So this was a good win for the Rebels who went into a two-goal lead only to grant Horsham a passage back into the game.

Our first game in two weeks saw the welcome return of Ryan Spencer (pictured left) who was returning fron a serious knee injury to the bench, along with Martin Moller and Andy Deaner, all of whom were returning from injuries. Ryan Spencer later came on to reunite last season's midfield partnership with Veli Hakki, while replacing midfielder Alex Haddow.

The Rebels, as always, started brightly but, as always, didn't make the most of their possession. It was Hakki who had the first real chance of the game, but his free-kick from the edge of the area went just over the bar. Slough continued to pressurise couldn't find the killer ball.

The real highlights of the first half were the three goals. The first of these came from Ian Hodges when Steve Daly found Glen Harris (pictured right) down the right wing. Harris crossed the ball into the area and Ian Hodges slotted the ball home for his 21st of the season.

Hodge's second was on 40 minutes. Glen Harris found Boot who tried to chip the ball over a defender from a tight angle, the ball was bobbling wide but Ian Hodges ran onto it and tapped it in from close range.

Home fans must have thought that their beloved Slough Town would have gone into the half-time break 2-0 up, but it wasn't to be. Horsham won a corner in injury time and it was whipped in for Charman to head home.

2nd Half

The begging of the second-half was the same story as of the end of the first. Again, it was Charman who scored with a superb strike from the edge of the area. Horsham looked like a different team now.

Horsham might have gone ahead and won this if it were not for Ian Hodges to complete his hat-trick and some desperate Slough defending.

Veli Hakki found Boot whose weak shot bounced off the keeper and Ian Hodges forced his way through the Horsham defence and fired the ball home.

From then on Horsham pressurised Slough as much as they could but were unable to find another equaliser. Slough travel to Bromley on Tuesday night and could use a win to give their top-six challenge another boost.

The Slough Side
1 Alan Foster
2 Lee Riddell
3 Paul Barrowcliff
4 Steve Daly
5 Michael Murphy
6 Glen Harris
7 Alex HAddow
8 Veli Hakki
9 Ian Hodge
10 Tony Boot
11 Ryan Williams


S1 Matt Miller
S2 Danny Steer
S3 Ryan Spencer
S4 Andy Deaner
S5 Martin Moller

RebelsOnline Man of the Match

Steve Daly

He was outstanding in the centre of defence.

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