are off the mark at the fifth attempt as Terry Davies signalled
his intent to stay at the
club by scoring the winning goal.
With the Rebels having little luck
of late, it was ironic that it was luck that gifted us the
opening goal as Leon Woodruffe's cross evaded both the
goalkeeper and a pair of defenders (who had left the ball for
each other) and sailed into the far corner.
Slough's joy at finally taking the lead in a match lasted only 7
minutes, as a seemingly good tackle by Michael Murphy resulted
in a free-kick, with was blasted into the top corner by Lee
Chudy from 20 yards.
The return of Murphy seemed to do
the trick to our usually leaky defence, as Andover created very
little throughout the first half, apart from a cross that was
nearly headed in at the far post.
But the quality of football took a
sudden downturn, with neither side creating many chances or
playing particularly good football.
game became fairly uneventful apart from a slight melee during
the second half when another
seemingly good challenge,
this time from Rebels manager Darron Wilkinson resulted in
handbags between two sets of opposing players with a few
coming from a couple of the Andover players.
Naturally, the referee missed these
blatant kicks and booked Wilkinson for the original tackle from
which he cleanly won the ball.
Slough were however denied a
clear-cut opportunity when Terry Davies was put through on goal,
was tripped over by a defender, with the referees decision for
some reason going against the Rebels top goalscorer.
in the end none of that really mattered when with 20 minutes
remaining on the clock, Leon Woodruffe having a cross/shot
fumbled by the goalkeeper,
Terry Davies was on hand to bury home the rebound, sending the
Slough faithful into raptures.
From then on, besides a couple of
half-chances as the game drew to a close,
Slough cruised to the end of the game and our first competitive
win since Heybridge in January. Has "normal service" finally
been resumed after an 8-month absence?