sunny spring afternoon saw Slough visit near rivals, and play-off
hopefuls, Staines without injured striker Ian Hodges (pictured
right). Staines were on a poor home run, having failed to win at
home for several weeks, and given Slough's good away record, this
looked as if it could be a close match.
Staines took a 9th minute
lead when Mark Nwokeji was upended in the box with Ali Chaaban
converting from the penalty spot to record his thirteenth Staines
goal in sixteen appearances. The Rebels put in a spell of pressure
around the half hour mark. Inspired by McCleary, they forced a
series of corners, finally equalising as captain Steve Daly headed
in from a narrow angle. Just before half time Mark Nwokeji followed
up Clark Master's superb reflex save to head home giving the Swans
pressed forward looking for the equaliser in the second half, though
the Swans always looked dangerous, playing quickly and directly. Too
much emphasis was put on Slough's build up play, and all Slough's
attacks, pretty looking though some of them were, broke down. Oh for
someone other than McCleary to take on players and shoot!! Equally,
our idea of a quick free kick is to quickly pass the ball back.
Something a tad more direct is overdue. Deep into injury time, Steve
Daly (pictured left) was more direct--he handled the ball into the
net!! Confusion reigned, but eventually the goal was disallowed.
None of the above really matters in view of June Cousins sad
death at the end of the match. Nathan and Ted send their condolences
to the Cousins family.