The team have come in for their fair
share of criticism over the past few weeks. But after tonight
they should be in for their fair share of praise; this was
controlled the game from start to finish and, apart from a silly
defensive mistake just before half time, never really looked
Staines started the game on the
attack and forced a good save from Kieron Drake early on as he
dived to his left to keep out a long range shot.
But from then on Staines didn't
threaten as Slough dictated the pace of the game whilst putting
pressure on the hosts.
Slough could have opened the
scoring midway through the half with former Staines forward
Errol Telemaque firing a shot just wide of the far post from the
edge of the box.
The Rebels took the lead with
around half an hour gone as excellent work from Terry Davies
down the left wing set up Mark Bartley of all people to finish
off, putting the ball beyond former Rebel Shaun Allaway at the
Staines equalised as 'keeper
Kieron Drake fumbled a low shot for a Mark Nwokeju to poke home
from 5 yards just before the break.
But Slough didn't have to wait
long to retake the lead as, just as on Saturday, Slough scored
just after the restart.
Terry Davies found possession on
the edge of the area, his route to goal was blocked by a
defender but Davies unleashed a fantastic overhead volley with
his back to goal to smash the ball into the corner of the net,
prompting wild celebrations from both the players and the fans.
Mark Bartley played a
surprisingly good game, as he looked dangerous in his more
attacking role. He came close with long range shots just missing
the far post on more than one occasion.
Tonight also saw the unexpected
return of Matt Miller, who came on to replace the rather tired
looking Terry Davies with around 10 minutes left.
The final 10 minutes belonged to
Staines, but for all their pressure, didn't look like finding
what would have been an undeserved equaliser, with a wild shot
that nearly hit the pylon behind the ground being the closest
they came to a goal.
It is amazing what 2 new players
can do for the morale of a team that 3 weeks ago, didn't look
like drawing games, let alone winning them convincingly.
Tonight Slough played for each
other and as a team and deserved their standing ovation at the
end. Long may it continue.