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Ian Hodges

Rebels open with defeat
by Ted on 21/08/2005

The Rebels opened their season with an away defeat for the second year running, going down 3-1 at Billericay Town.

Billericay Town

Slough Town

3

1

George Lay
Neil Cousins
Danny Hockton
Ian Hodges
Ryman League Premier Division
The New Lodge
Saturday 20th August 2005
3.00pm
The Report
Billericay deservedly came out on top of this opening day encounter, but there were some positives for Slough in it.

Although Billericay dominated the play for much of the match, Slough didn't have much luck, and if we'd had our fair share, me might perhaps have sneaked a point.

Billericay opened the more lively, but were lucky to take the lead after 7 minutes when Parkin took a cross but appeared to clash with a forward and consequently lost the ball for a tap in goal. Only 2 minutes before an incident with much less contact had resulted in a free kick at the other end .

Slough withstood a period of pressure, relying only on long balls to counter. After 18 minutes with what seemed like their first wide attack of the match, the otherwise quiet Woodruffe put in a good cross which Hodges met to clip into the net. Slough were now holding their own, and could have taken the lead after 25 minutes but Alexis and Hodge got in each others way when in possession and space on the 6 yard line. Even play followed, but towards the end of the half 'Ricay regained supremacy with Slough having to defend hard.

The 2nd half opened disastrously for Slough with 2 goals in the first 7 minutes. The first was from a break down the right where Slough were outpaced, the second after Slough won a midfield tussle on their left, but Pagett and Hodges seemed to leave it for each other allowing an opponent to steal the ball, breakaway and cross for a knock in.

Substitutions followed which seemed to give Slough more to offer both in midfield and down the left, where the inexperienced Tyrone Daly won some good balls, lacking only the final touch to finish some good work.

The result reflected the possession, but with better understanding and communication between players, and our fair share of luck, we needn't fear anyone in this league. Whether we will win and retain enough good possession to pressure other teams and make them fear us remains to be seen.

The Teams

Billericay Town

Slough Town

1. Mel Capleton
2. Dave McSweeney
3. Danny Kerrigan
4. Richard Thomas
5. Pat Sappleton
6. Jamie Dormer (12)
7. Matt Game
8. Leon Hunter
9. Neil Cousins
10. Danny Hockton (14)
11. George Lay (15)
1. Michael Parkin
2. Josias Carbon
3. Adam Pagett
4. Steve Daly
5. Sam Shepherd (12)
6. Mark Avery
7. Darron Wilkinson
8. Michael Alexis (15)
9. Ian Hodges
10. Matt Seedel
11. Leon Woodruffe (14)
Subs Subs
12. Ross Wareham
14. Poole
15. Perfect
16. Smith
17. Brightly
12. Christian Metcalfe
14. Tyrone Daly
15. Josh White
16. Mark West
17. Ian Lovegrove
Manager Justin Edinburgh Manager Eddie Denton

Attendance: 522

Match Officials

Referee Steven Artis (Norfolk)
Assistant Referee Andy Snell (Clacton)
Assistant Referee Simon Essex (Colchester)

RebelsOnline Man of the Match

Ian Hodges

Tried hard and deserved his goal.

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