Slough Town travelled to Earlsmead to take on Harrow Borough on
Saturday afternoon. The Rebels were looking to make it two wins on
the bounce following the FA Cup defeat two weeks ago.
had winger Alex Haddow suspended for five yellow cards, and still
had Darron Wilkinson and Nick Gyoury out with injuries, but the good
news was that Veli Hakki had returned to the starting line-up with a
place on the substitutes bench. This meant than Danny Steer made a
rare start in the first team and Ryan Spencer was put back into
Harrow could have taken the lead as early as the 1st minute. A
long ball from the right wing fell to a Harrow forward, but was
prevented a clear run on goal by an excellent sliding tackle from
Rebels skipper Steve Daly.
Two minutes later and slough were on the attack. Josias Carbon
crossed from the left wing found Ian Hodges who guided a powerful
header across the goal and inside the far post.
Within ten minutes of kick-off, the Rebels found themselves two
goals to the good. Total confusion in the Harrow defence led to
Matt Murphy pouncing on a loose ball and sending it past the Harrow
'keeper and into the net from close range.
Slough could have taken a three goal lead but Steve Daly headed
just over the bar from Glen Harris's free-kick.
Tem minutes later Slough could have got that third goal, but
Christian Metcalfe's cross was just a bit too far for Ian Hodges
Soon afterwards, Harrow could have found themselves back into he
game when a shot from inside the penalty area forced a great
one-handed save from Rebels 'keeper Shaun Allaway.
Half-time: Harrow Borough 0-2
Harrow pulled a goal back with 7 minutes of the second-half gone.
A shot from the edge of the area crept inside the near post.
Harrow were now starting to dominate. Rebels manager Eddie Denton
tried to change things around with substitutions. On 63 minutes,
Matt Miller, who hadn't scored in a first team game since January,
was bough on to replace the ineffective Ian Hodges, and on 69
minutes Veli Hakki replaced Glen Harris. Both substitutions had
Harrow were pushing hard for an equaliser, and the would have got
it had they had an in-form goalscorer on the pitch. It was only that
and some desperate Slough defending that was preventing Harrow from
Slough launched they first real attack of the second-half on 82
minutes. Matt Murphy received the ball down the left. He passed to
Josias Carbon, but his shot went horribly wide of the target.
The Rebels could have wrapped the game up with five minutes
remaining, but Ryan Spencer's shoot too went wide of the goal.
As at what happened at home to Dover last week, when the final
whistle blew the Slough fans went home knowing the team were perhaps
a little lucky to have escaped with the three points.