Slough managed a draw against struggling Margate at
Stag Meadow on Saturday.
Matt Seedel made a rare
start in a Slough shirt, hoping to net his first goal since Worthing
on the last day of last season, as he replaced Ian Hodges, who was
injured in our midweek win over Chesham United in the Berks & Bucks
There was a stroke of fortune in the visitors
opening goal as a backwards header from defender Mark Avery was
missed by the oncoming Clark Masters, who could only watch as the
ball bounced into the corner of the net.
almost immediately equalised as they gradually began to take control
of the game, but Andy Ballard's attempted lob over the advancing
goalkeeper went over the bar.
It wasn't long however
before Slough did equalise. as the Margate defence failed to clear
their lines, Gareth McCleary picked up a lose ball and lobbed over
the oncoming goalkeeper.
The Rebels could have gone
into the half-time break with a 2-1 lead, but Steve Daly's header
from a Glen Harris corner was cleared off the line.
Margate were unlucky not to retake
the lead just minutes into the second half when shot was deflected
off the foot of Steve Daly. Clark Masters had already dived to his
right, but luckily for him the ball span wide of the far post.
Slough took the lead for the first time when poor defending allowed
Gareth McCleary a free run into the area and a shot over the
The visitors equalised shortly afterwards
when Margate forward Brayley fired the ball home from inside a
crowded penalty area.
Then came the decisive moment
in the match.
Gareth McCleary, chasing a lost cause,
appeared to go in with a two-footed tackle on a Margate midfielder.
Despite the melee that followed, McCleary was the only one to
receive his marching orders.
Even with the man
advantage, Margate continued to struggle to create clear cut
chances. Slough pressed for the winning goal, but it was the
visitors who had the best chance to win the game.
Bertie Brayley rounded Slough goalkeeper Clark Masters, but shot
wide with an open goal to aim for.
The game then
faded out into a draw, which doesn't really help either side in
their battle against the drop.