Slough Town travelled to
Northwood in cold, wind conditions, knowing that a win could see
them overtake their hosts in the table and put them right back into
the frame for a play-off place.
Slough started the better team, and with five minutes gone things
were looking promising for the Rebels, but there crossing/finishing
severely let them down and any chances they had were wasted.
Northwood had only one shot before the goal was scored, a tame shot
from the edge of the area that went straight into Shaun Allaway
Having said that, Slough weren't getting many shots in either. They
managed their first on 25 minutes. Ryan Spencer, with more time than
he realised he did, shot from the middle of the area but the
goalkeeper managed to tip it over the crossbar for a corner.
Then, on 39 minutes, a freak goal was scored. Kris McHale unleashed
a 40 yard effort. The shot was seemingly going wide, but it swerved
in the wind and ended up creeping inside the far post.
The second half started in similar fashion to the first. Slough
having the majority of the possession, but failing to get any decent
Midway through the second half, Eddie Denton decided to change
things round a bit. Matt Seedel was bought on for the ineffective
Danny Steer, and his presence had an almost immediate effect, his
fierce shot skimming the top of the crossbar and going over.
But that was about as good as it got for the Rebels. Josias Carbon
replaced James Saulsbury (I think), but that substitution had little
Slough had two very good chances to level the scores. First, Alex
Haddow showed great skill to beat three defenders down the right
flank, but he saw his shot blocked by a defender. Second, a mishit
Matt Seedel shot was cleared off the line by the Northwood