Burnham's ground has certainly been
improved by the addition of a car park, and if Slough aren't playing
it now presents an easy alternative venue to watch football.
Friendly fans as well, which is always appreciated.
As to the game itself, Slough struggled
in some phases, but also played well in others. Without Adam Wallace
(injured) and Steve Daly, Slough started uncertainly, and Burnham
had the better of the opening 20 minutes, hitting the crossbar with
one shot, and going near with another. As time went on Slough
settled and edged the possession without the front line being able
to impose themselves. The lack of a presence upfront again meant
that the opposing defence was never really drawn out of position,
limiting the effect that McCleary and Mason have. They will have
more effect on the game if they get some more space to work in.
Nil all at half time, Slough fans
were looking forward to continued improvement in the second half,
but it wasn't to be. Seven minutes into the half Burnham took the
lead after a goal mouth scramble during which the ball should really
have been cleared, which allowed Rob Saunders to poke home from
close range. Soon afterwards it was 2-0 when a long throw in to the
near post was headed on for an unmarked Ben Swift to easily nod in.
Several substitutions followed for
each side, and Slough pushed to get back into the game, which they
did after 75 minutes when McCleary headed back across the goal for
Jarvis to rise up and head in from close range.
After this Slough pushed for an
equaliser, with sub and trialist Alex Gibson showing good close
control and the ability to turn a defender, but Burnham held out for