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Goalscorer Terry Davies

Slough Town 1-2 Taunton Town
by Nathan on 18/08/2007

Slough rob themselves of a point against Taunton Town as bad defending led to a goal deep into injury time as the Rebels start their season with defeat.

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Slough Town

Taunton Town

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Terry Davies . Tom Collett (pen)
Danny Copeland
British Gas Business Southern League Division One South & West
Holloways Park
Saturday 18th August 2007
3.00pm
The Report

Slough 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.

With 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.

The 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.

Terry 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 that...

The Teams
Slough Town Taunton Town
1 Aaron France
2 George Moleski
3 Clement James
4 Steve Daly
5 Dean Harper
6 Iain Duncain
7 Christian Metcalfe
8 Nick Roddis
9 Terry Davies
10 Matt Miller
11 Faircluth

Substitutes

12 Mark Bartley (On for 11)
14 None
15 Jon Mills
16 Adrian Brown
17 Ravi Briach
1 TBC
2 TBC
3 TBC
4 TBC
5 TBC
6 TBC
7 TBC
8 TBC
9 TBC
10 TBC
11 TBC

Substitutes

12 TBC
14 TBC
15 TBC
16 TBC
17 TBC

Attendance: 253

Match Officials

Referee Mr. M. Russell
Assistant Referee Mr. S. Potter
Assistant Referee G. D. Mays

RebelsOnline Man of the Match

Terry Davies

Caused the Taunton defence problems down the right all afternoon.

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