A 22-man punch-up towards the end of
the game overshadowed an entertaining game from which both sides
picked up a valuable point.
side really threatened in the first-half, but Matt Miller
(pictured left) squandered a glorious opportunity at the end of
the first-half to force a good save from Worthing 'keeper Rikki
The home side took the lead soon
after the break when Joe Keehan squared the ball off for Mark
Knee to beat Kieron Drake with a low shot.
Slough didn't give up and within
ten minutes and scored an equaliser from a somewhat debatable
penalty when Errol Telemaque appeared to trip over his own feet
inside the area, for Leigh Mason to slam home the resulting
The Rebels from Slough turned the
game around after substitute Mark Bartley crossed for Errol
Telemaque whose shot flew into the top corner.
fans could have been forgiven for thinking that the worst would
happen when captain Steve
Daly (pictured right) received his marching orders for his
second bookable offence but, to Slough's credit, they plugged
away and defended solidly (if perhaps desperately), apart from
one lapse in concentration where a free-kick from near the
half-way line found Ben Andrews totally unmarked to head home
With a little over five minutes
left on the clock, it all kicked off.
Goalscorer Errol Telemaque, who
had just been caught offside didn't give the ball to keeper
Rikki Banks immediately after the decision had been given. Banks
then decided to take out his frustration like a schoolboy and
shoved him to the floor. Telemaque understandably retaliated and
it all started. Every player and both benches wanted in on the
When the officials eventually
managed to restore order, Worthing substitute Sam Francis, who
had only been on the pitch for a few minutes and hadn't had a
touch of the ball gained a deserved red for running half the
length of the pitch to land a punch to the back of Telemaque's
also received his marching orders for a second bookable offence
amidst all the madness with Mark Bartley (pictured eft)
also shown red for kicking and coach Carl Marsh for his
involvement. Quite how the 'keeper Banks wasn't shown red for
retaliating, none of the travelling support could work out.
The game finished ten against
eight and Slough could think themselves lucky that Worthing
failed to take advantage of 2 extra men in the pitch, despite 10
minutes of intense pressure at the end.