Slough Town slumped to a 4-2 defeat to near rivals Bracknell Town
at Larges Lane despite the Robins going down to ten men for much of
the second-half. It also ended our recent run of seven games
unbeaten (eight games if you include cup competitions).
was an early injury worry in the form of midfielder Darron Wilkinson
(left) who hurt himself during the pre-match warm-up. Things didn't
get much better as he picked up a knock early on in the game and had
to be replaced by Alex Haddow.
Bracknell started the better team and it came as no surprise when
they took the lead through Jon Palmer when he picked up a through
ball from Hayward and slotted past Alan Foster.
Rebels pushed for an equaliser and got one on 20 minutes when Veli
Hakki found Tony Boot (right) in space. Boot ran with the ball and
hit the ball to the left of the keeper for 1-1.
The rest of the half was pretty evenly matched with both teams
having chances, but it was Bracknell who went into the half-time
break with the one-goal advantage, thanks to an effort from Adam
Crittenden. Neither Steve Daly nor Michael Murphy were able to deal
with a loose ball and that allowed Crittenden a free run on goal for
searched for another equaliser from the start of the second-half and
it wasn't long before they had a chance to get back on level terms.
Edwards took Tony Boot down in the box, the referee awarded a
penalty but Tony Boot failed to provide the goods with a poorly
taken penalty which was easily saved by Robins goalkeeper Hutt.
Edwards got sent off for this and this gave Slough hope as they
now only had to deal with ten men. However, they failed to take
advantage of it, and it cost them.
With fifteen minutes remaining Lee Riddle, was taken off to be
replaced by striker Matt Miller (above left).
had no effect whatsoever and Bracknell rounded off the afternoon
with two well-taken goals. The first came about when Gavins shot
wasn't cleared by Daly and went past Alan Foster (right).
Andy Deaner was brought on in an attempt to try to salvage
something from this game but all of Denton's efforts went in vain.
The fourth goal for Bracknell came when another mistake by Daly
allowed Jon Palmer to fire across the face of goal and into the net
for his second of the afternoon.
did however manage to grab a consolation goal in injury time when an
Ian Hodges (left) corner was met by the head of Tony Boot who headed
Ah well, we were bound to see another poor Slough performance
sooner or later, I was just hoping it wouldn't be today.