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Opened the scoring

Rebels first win
by Ted on 03/09/2005

The Rebels picked up their first win at home to Braintree Town thanks to a late goal from substitute Michael Alexis.

Slough Town

Braintree Town



Andy Ballard
Michael Alexis
. Alex Revell
Ryman League Premier Division
Stag Meadow
Saturday 3rd September 2005
The Report
A 1.00 pm kick off resulted in a hot day at Stag Meadow, but both sides competed well in a close match. Slough saw the first appearance of Andy Ballard, but Leigh Mason (pictured), though fit for light training, was not yet fully fit.

After an even start, Braintree came close after 10 minutes, when Braintree headed the ball back and forth across the Slough goal, ending in a very good save by Parkin. Though chances were few and far apart, they mostly fell to Braintree and on a couple of occasions Slough had to block goal bound shots. That said there was purpose about much of Slough's play, and it seemed that a clear cut chance must come Slough's way sooner or later. It did in the 36th minute, when the ball was centred after a cleared corner. Braintree's marking was poor as it could have gone to any of a number of Slough players. As it happened it fell to debutante Ballard, who coolly slotted home.

Braintree manager, George Borg, was heard telling his team at half time that if they didn't win he'd put them all up for sale.

The second half was as tight as the first, few clear chances, but far from boring. Braintree seemed willing to hassle and chase the ball more than Slough (and got 3 deserved bookings as a result), but Slough showed more skill. Braintree changed their formation to 3 up front after 70 minutes. Soon afterwards, Braintree got the equaliser they had been looking for. Revell was allowed to drift towards the box, and his low shot went in, with a suspicion of blame on Parkin who was late down to a shot very close to him (though the grinning and suntanned cameraman may show otherwise).

Both sides wanted the winner, but were also careful not to leave themselves too open to counters, and a draw seemed the likely outcome as the match entered injury time. Much to the home fans delight though, a long throw was met at the near post by Hodges, and flicked on a la Maidenhead. It was met by Alexis running in, and Slough had their 3 points.

Anyone seen the Braintree players advertised for sale?

The Teams

Slough Town

Braintree Town

1. Michael Parkin
2. Josias Carbon
3. Jamie Brooks (12)
4. Steve Daly
5. Mark Avery
6. Andy Ballard
7. Darron Wilkinson
8. Glen Harris (14)
9. Ian Hodges
10. Leon Woodruffe
11. Christian Metcalfe
1. Nick Morgan
2. Billy Burgess
3. Mark Jones
4. Ollie Adedeji
5. Paul Lorraine
6. Brad Quinton
7. Chris Wild
8. Andy Porter
9. Ricci Crace
10. Alex Revell
11. Louis Riddle
Subs Subs
12. Michael Alexis (3)
14. Matt Seedel (8)
15. Josh Miller
16. Adam Paget
17. Sam Shepherd
12. James Baker *
14. Robbie Martin *
15. Steve Good *
16. None
17. Chris Lockwood
Manager Eddie Denton Manager George Borg

Attendance: 260

Match Officials

Referee Mr. S. J. Phipps
Assistant Referee Mr. M. P. Walsh
Assistant Referee Mr. F. Miah

RebelsOnline Man of the Match

Andy Ballard

Really tightened up our defence.

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