manager Darron Wilkinson sprang a surprise inclusion Clement
James (pictured right) in the squad for the opening game of the
competitive season. Also included were new goalkeeper Aaron
France (pictured far below left) and Iain Duncain, who was
making his first competitive appearance since joining from
Hendon last season.
However, the Rebels did not start
too brightly and were soon in an all-to-familiar position as
they fell behind to a penalty, conceded by captain Steve Daly
after only 15 minutes.
the visitors dictating play, Slough's lack of forward presence
became apparent as they were restricted to a couple of corners
and long range efforts as the weather worsened.
second half bought an improved performance, but
it took about 20 minutes for the home side to get going and by
then Slough could consider themselves lucky to still be trailing
by only the one goal.
Clement James, who looked
threatening down the left wing all afternoon, almost scored a
spectacular equaliser when he volleyed the ball down to the
'keeper's left, forcing him into a low save. It was Slough's
first real meaningful attempt on goal, but from then on Slough
took control of the game.
Davies made the pressure count with around 15 minute left on the
clock as he curled a shot
beyond the reach of the goalkeeper, and from then on Slough
looked as though they may go on and win the game, with Matt
Miller testing the 'keeper minutes later.
But then Slough were hit with the
sucker punch. The defence failed to deal with a simple backpass
and Danny Copeland seized his opportunity to beat stranded
goalkeeper Aaron France and slot the ball into an empty net,
despite the best efforts of George Moleski to keep the ball out.
And so Slough begin their first
season in the Southern League by gifting Taunton Town the three
points. Lets hope the charity stops here. In truth, Slough
didn't really deserve to lose this, but if you defend like