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2000/01 season review

Season Review 2000/01
by Nathan on 09/03/2005

A season review of our 2000/01 season, a season which saw us relegated from the Ryman Premier Division to the Ryman 1st Division, the lowest step of the non-league pyramid in our history.

1999/00 Season Review
2000/01 Season Review
Season 2000/01 couldn't have started better for the Rebels. Three wins and a draw from our first four games saw Slough sit at the top of the table at the end of August.

But the Rebels were brought back down the earth in September, as it all started to go downhill. Six league games, three defeats, two draws and only the one win saw Slough dramatically slip down the table into 13th place by the beginning of October. Slough's already terrible September got worse as they were dumped out of the FA Cup at Tonbridge Angels by two goals to nil.

More embarrassment in the league followed in October with three more defeats, the only real high point being Slough's 4-3 win over Aldershot Town in the Full Members Cup.

November was overall a better month for the Rebels, although no change in league fortunes, Slough did manage to progress in two cup competitions. The Rebels convincingly surged past Bishops Stortford at Wexham Park by a 5-0 scoreline, and although some people argued that it was because we were playing a team from the division below us (Stortford were in the Ryman 1st Division at the time), it really was a good Slough performance.

Having already beaten Flackwell Heath in the last round, Slough travelled to Marlow where they won 2-0 in the 2nd round of the Ryman League Cup, but they were thrown out of the competition for fielding an ineligible player on the night, and it was Marlow who went through to round 3 to play St. Albans.

Slough lost all their games in December, during which time they went out of the FA Trophy at Newport County (Wales) and the Full Members Cup to Bromley.

Already out of all but one cup competition by the New Year, Slough had only the league to concentrate on, so there was no excuse for many bad performances. But that didn't stop Slough from performing badly, and their first win of the year came on 30th January at fellow strugglers Carshalton Athletic, thanks to a last minute goal from Paul Holsgrove. It was their first league win since September 23rd, when they beat Croydon 1-0 at home, a gap of 13 league games.

Slough showed what one win could do for a teams confidence and morale as, having struggled to record one victory in 13 attempts, they won two in a row as the Rebels beat Enfield 3-1 at home, with the goals coming from Chris Allen, James Lambert and Mark Hall. but yet more disappointment was to follow in the form of the Berks & Bucks Cup, as the Rebels lost out to Maidenhead United by 2 goals to nil at York road, leaving only the league to look forward to for the rest of the season.

Just one defeat in four games in March, but unfortunately no victories either as the Rebels recorded three draws and a defeat. Slough must have thought their were home and dry in their home league game against Sutton United, but they threw away a 4-1 lead to draw 4-4. One point wasn't really good enough as that result left Slough just five points above the drop zone. Following a 0-0 draw at Billericay, Slough dropped into the bottom three and their home game against Hitchin Town was a must win. Unfortunately, Slough lost the game 3-0.

A real relegation dogfight was now on the cards, and the Rebels travelled to Croydon who had spent most of the season in the bottom three looking for a win. Rebels fans who travelled to the game that day made the journey home bitterly disappointed as Slough put in a terrible performance and were stuffed 4-1. But Slough had the chance to make amends on 7th April when bottom of the table Dulwich Hamlet visited Wexham Park, a game which the Rebels really should have won, but only drew 1-1.

Slough went into their home game with Billericay Town on 10th April with a mere 29 points from 34 league games, but another two points and they would have been out of the drop zone. Slough lost the game 3-2, but things were looking encouraging judging by the way the team performed on the pitch. If they had performed like that for the remainder of the season, they would have avoided relegation easily.

A 1-1 draw at Farnborough left Slough with a fighting chance of avoiding the drop, and things were really starting to go Slough's way with a 1-0 home win over local rivals Maidenhead United. But they weren't home and dry yet, there was still five league games left to play, from which they picked up two wins and three defeats.

Our relegation was all but confirmed after Slough lost 1-0 at fellow relegation candidates Harrow Borough, but a 2-0 win at home to Gravesend & Northfleet and a 3-1 home win against Carshalton Athletic left Slough going into their final game of the season at Chesham with everything to play for.

But Slough lost the match 2-0. The Rebels were relegated in a really poor performance which left the loyal Slough fans screaming for manager Steve Browne's blood.

Final League Position: 20th (relegated).

League Record:
Ply Won Drew Lost GF GA GD Pts
42 10 9 23 40 62 -22 39

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