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Rebels 0-1 Hampton

Rebels 0-1 Hampton & Richmond
by Ted on 03/04/2005

The Rebels falter at home to Hampton, going down by 1 goal to nil. Match photos included.

Slough Town


Hampton & Richmond Borough



Orlando Jeffery (1-0)

Ryman League Premier Division
Stag Meadow
Saturday 2nd April 2005
The Report
A really professional job says the Hampton website. True, but they won't win any friends with this type of football.

It soon became clear that both sides were cancelling each other out, there being no clear advantage to either side. There was much head tennis in midfield, and each side had short spells of pressure with little to show for it. Hard fought? Yes. But it was also clear that what little football was being played was by Slough, with Hampton content to spoil. Usual Devonshire tactics, get behind the ball, close it down, play the percentages, give away numerous free kicks.

As the first half progressed, Slough looked slightly the more dangerous, with
Murph 2 winning the ball in the air regularly, but never able to get strength and direction on it. The game had the feel of a 1-0 victory to whoever didn't make a mistake.

Just before half time Drake collided with one of his own players, lost the ball
and landed badly. Before Slough could take advantage the ref blew for a foul!! The incident was described on the Hampton website as their keeper being "meat in the sandwich", in which case they must make their sarnies without bread. The second half started much like the first, neither side showing in front, and the game became scrappy. But Slough were the side to slip up, when after 76 minutes Steer committed himself to a tackle, lost it, the ball went to the Hampton 6, Jeffrey, who slotted home. After this Slough puffed a bit, but didn't threaten much. With 2 minutes left Hampton broke away, hit the post when they should have done better.

Even then Slough had a chance a minute later, when from a cross, Miller was only a foot out when the ball came in, but he was wrong footed, and the chance was gone. Game over.

Hampton have a scheme at the moment, giving half price entry to other clubs season ticket holders if their team is away. On Hamptons performance today, effective as it was, they won't get anyone from Slough.

A cup final against these will not be a day of entertainment.

The Teams

Slough Town

Hampton & Richmond Borough

1. Michael Parkin
2. Josias Carbon
3. Michael Murphy
4. Steve Daly (c)
5. James Saulsbury
6. Danny Steer
7. Darron Wilkinson
8. Leigh Mason
9. Matt Seedel
10. Matt Murphy
11. Christian Metcalfe
1. Kieron Drake
2. Graham Harper
3. Dean Wells
4. Craig Lewington (14)
5. Matt Elverson (c)
6. Orlando Jeffery
7. Alan Inns
8. Elliott Godfrey
9. Richard Pacquette (12)
10. Dudley Gardner
11. Obinna Ulas
Subs Subs
12. Ryan Spencer
14. Daniel Cann
15. Glen Harris
16. Matt Miller
17. Shaun Allaway
12. Luke Fontana
14. Andy Morey
15. Tom Crossland
16. Abdul Saeed Osman
17. n/k
Manager Eddie Denton Manager Alan Devonshire
Attendance: 376

Match Officials

Referee - D. Brockwell (weak, allowed players to walk away from free kicks carrying the ball with them. Manna from heaven to a Devonshire side).
Assistant referee - M. W. Ford
Assistant referee - C. Phillips

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