Slough lost the opening match of 2006, but if they
play like that every match then they will finish comfortably in mid
table as they matched the league leaders in all aspects of this
The Rebels were unlucky not to take the lead as
early as the second minute when a long throw from Ballard was headed
on towards the far post only for Carbons shot to be blocked when
The home side probably had the better chances of the
first half, with McCleary causing the Hampton's defence problems,
but both defences looked solid for the most part, and the game was
scoreless at half time.
The deadlock was broken after 60 odd minutes when
the Slough keeper , Masters, had a Jonah Lomu moment when his
demolition of Hampton's Yaku would have graced any rugby pitch.
Hampton scored from the penalty, and for the only time in the match
then dominated play for around 10 minutes.
Slough fought hard to get back into the game, with
Wilkinson and Ballard missing chances. It was just one of those
days--we played well but lost to the top team, and the table doesn't