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Slough ease into Semi's
by Nathan on 03/02/2006

Andy Ballard netted Slough's first hatrick of the season as Slough eased past Heybridge Swifts in the Westview Cup.

Slough Town

Heybridge Swifts



Andy Ballard
Andy Ballard
Andy Ballard
Westview League Cup Quarter-Final
Stag Meadow
Tuesday 31st January 2006
The Report
Slough progressed comfortably into the Semi-Finals of the Westview Cup despite having no less than 5 first team players out.

With Christian Metcalfe awaiting his operation, Darron Wilkinson still out, Ian Hodges failing his fitness test and the news that Leigh Mason faces a lengthy absence with a back problem, things weren't looking good for the Rebel, but things weren't helped by the fact that Andy Ballard, Michael Alexis and Gareth McCleary broke down on the motorway and missed the warm-up, thus delaying the match by 1/2 hour.

Despite all the problems, Slough had a surprisingly easy time of it, with the visitors forwards isolated and the visitors defence not troubling to prevent our forwards, it took 20 minutes for Slough to break the deadlock following poor defending in which the goalkeeper called for the ball, allowing Andy Ballard to run in and lob the ball over him into the net.

For a side who had won their last 6 league games, Heybridge were surprisingly poor on the night as they failed to threaten the Slough goal for the remainder of the half.

2nd half

The Rebels doubled their lead following more poor defending as the ball fell to him to slot the ball across the face of goal, before more bad defending allowed him to head the ball high into the net soon afterwards.

Apart from a few half chances and a point blank save from 'keeper Clark Masters, Heybridge hardly threatened on the night as Slough breezed into the Semi's.

The Teams

Slough Town

Heybridge Swifts

1. Clark Masters
2. Aaron Steele
3. Andy Ballard
4. Steve Daly
5. Mark Avery
6. Leon Woodruffe
7. Michael Alexis
8. Glen Harris
9. TBA
10. Gareth McCleary
11. Josias Carbon
1. Paul Nicholls
2. Erdem Artun
3. Ian Cousins
4. Alexis Charambalous
5. O'Donoghue (12)
6. Danny Barber
7. Russell Pond (16)
8. Paul Abbott
9. Sean Marks
10. Gianni Frankis
11. N. Cousins
Subs Subs
12. Matt Seedel
14. Mark West
15. Ian Lovegrove
16. Ravi Briach
17. Michael Parkin
12. Ian Wiles (5)
14. Steve Spencer
15. Simon Golver
16. Mike Shinn (7)
17. Adam Gillespsie
Manager Eddie Denton Manager Brian Statham

Attendance: 157

Match Officials

Referee Mr. Steve Fay
Assistant Referee Mr. Dave Jones
Assistant Referee Mr. Carl Berry

RebelsOnline Man of the Match

Andy Ballard

Hatrick hero.

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