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Michael Murphy

Victory, at last!
by Nathan on 08/09/2007

The return of defender Michael Murphy saw goals from Leon Woodruffe and Terry Davies secure our first legue win since January 27th as Slough beat Andover 2-1.

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Slough Town

Andover

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Leon Woodruffe
Terry Davies
. Lee Chudy
British Gas Business Southern League Division One South & West
Holloways Park
Saturday 8th September 2007
3.00pm
The Report

Slough 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.

However, 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.

The 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 kicks 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.

However, 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?

The Teams
Slough Town Andover
1 Aaron France
2 Adrian Browne
3 Leon Woodruffe (booked)
4 Steve Daly
5 Dean Harper
6 Darron Wilkinson (booked)
7 George Moleski
8 Danny Jefferies
9 Michael Murphy
10 Terry Davies
11 Lee Charles

Substitutes

12 Nick Roddis
14 Christian Metcalfe
15 Clement James
16 Andy Deaner
17 Matt Miller
1 Dave Hook
2 Craig Martin
3 Glen Damen
4 Matt Davies
5 Mark Keogh
6 David Asker
7 Ryan Woodford
8 Bobby Swayne
9 Lee Chudy
10 Matt Styles
11 Adam Heath

Substitutes

12 Lance Cooper (On for 11, booked)
14 Dean Stow (On for 2)
15 Richard Morse
16 Dean Wilson
17 Kyle Swayne (On for 10)

Attendance: 215

Match Officials

Referee Mr. A. Bird
Assistant Referee Mr. P. B. Redmond
Assistant Referee Mr. N. Hanley

RebelsOnline Man of the Match

Leon Woodruffe

Good going forward and effective in defence. Much improved from recent games.

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