Slough battled their
way to a 1-1 draw with Hillingdon Borough in the FA Trophy on
Saturday, whilst simultaneously going 2 games without defeat for
the first time since the beginning of April.
began the game brightly, forcing goalkeeper Matt Davies into a
spectacular early save to concede a corner. But then the
visitors took control, and had several chances to take the lead.
Poor defending allowed forwards clean runs on goal, and either
poor shooting or excellent goalkeeping from Richard Barnard
(pictured right) kept us in the game.
Barnard produced a brilliant
double-save from Dave Lawrence and Max Howell saw his shot smack
against post, before Slough got themselves into gear and
gradually began to come back into the game.
Charles (pictured left), excellently set-up by the usual
dangerous Terry Davies lobbed the goalkeeper, but saw the ball
dip over the upright.
It could be argued that Slough took
the lead against the run of play, but Terry Davies, set up by
Tom Attrel (whom himself was bought down in the box) was tripped
over by Max Howell in the Hillingdon area. Davies stepped up and
smashed home his 6th competitive goal of the season.
Taking the lead seemed to wake
Slough up. As confidence rose, so did the amount of possession
and number of attacks.
After the break, Slough had their
backs right up against the wall in an attempt to defend the
lead. Resorting to attacks on the break, Hillingdon began to
pressurise and dominate and, had they had their shooting boots
on, could have been well out of sight.
The visitors continues to miss
guilt-edged chances, as Leon Nelson, one-on-one with Richard
Barnard put his attempt into the trees behind the goal, and
Barnard again saved excellently from Sam Byfield.
eventually got their just reward as Sam Byfield unleashed a shot
just inside the far post and well out of Barnard's reach for the
Again Slough had to work hard to get back into the game, with
youngster Tom Attrel causing
the Hillingdon defence all sorts of trouble, so much in fact
that the Hillingdon no.2 (Gavin Brown) resorted to shoving
Attrell into the stone wall that surround the pitch in an
attempt to win the ball (which was going out of play anyway).
The referee decided to ignore
this "assault", but booked Christian
(pictured right) in the melee that followed.
Lee Charles, set up by Terry Davies
(pictured left), wasted a golden chance late-on to put
Slough ahead, but his effort was well-saved by Matt Davies in
the Hillingdon goal.
Their was time however for the
visitors to miss another golden opportunity, but Dave Lawrence
fired wide when it was really easier to score.