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Lee Charles - goalscorer

Rebels 2-0 Newport I.O.W.
by Nathan on 28/10/2007

Landy Sakala and Lee Charles earn Slough a scrappy but vital three points over bottom side Newport I.O.W. at Holloways Park.

Slough Town

Newport I.O.W.



Landy Sakala
Lee Charles
. None
British Gas Business Southern League Division One South & West
Holloways Park
Saturday 27th October 2007
The Report
Slough battled their way to a deserved, yet rather unspectacular victory over the Division's bottom side.

The visitors had the better of the opening half-hour and could have taken the lead after only minutes. Rebels defender Adrian Browne (pictured right) was judged to have fouled in the area and so gave away a penalty, but goalkeeper Richard Barnard managed to keep the spot kick out, diving low to his left. Barnard even made it an impressive double save as he managed to tip the rebound onto the post.

With Newport getting more threatening and with Slough struggling to cope, the visitors can count themselves very unlucky not to take the lead after 20 minutes, when they had a certain goal cleared off the line by their own player, and then the rebound headed off the line by Rebels skipper Steve Daly.

When Slough did get into gear, schoolboy errors put paid to any fast-flowing football being played, with stray passes going straight to the opposition or straight off the pitch.

Having said that, debutant Landy Sakala looked quite threatening up front during the first half, with Danny Jefferies also causing the defence problems. The latter missed a golden opportunity midway through the half when, after beating two defenders, he managed to hit the ball over the crossbar when one-on-one with the 'keeper.

Jefferies went off injured not long afterwards, and was replaced by Dean Harper, which meant little threat up front as Sakala, clearly not match-fit, couldn't do it all on his own.

By this stage Slough had taken control of the game, and their dominance was rewarded just before half-time as Landy Sakala headed in from a corner to sent the Rebels into the break with a barely deserved lead.

Slough came out for the second half with renewed confidence, and all of a sudden started playing like a team, with Landy Sakala, Tom Attrell and substitute Stanley Mugisha impressive up front.

Both sides had good chances, with Sakala, set up by Lee Charles following a cross, managed to miss the target from inside the penalty area. Poor defending meant Rebels 'keeper Richard Barnard (pictured left) was caught one-on-one with an opposition forward away from goal on more than one occasion, who must also be thankful for some woeful finishing from the visitors.

The win was made safe with ten minutes remaining as Landy Sakala danced through Newport defenders, unselfishly laid the ball nicely for Lee Charles for a simple tap in from 5 yards.

With the game won, Slough took it easy from then on with the introduction of Nick Roddis for Lee Charles.

This was definitely a case of job done for Slough who, despite the scoreline, looked far from impressive against a side who have conceded on average nearly 4 goals a game this season. You can't help but think that Slough must improve if they are to get anything from Tuesday's big local derby at high-flying Burnham.

The Teams

Slough Town

Newport I.O.W.

1. Richard Barnard
2. Adrian Browne
3. Michael Murphy
4. Steve Daly (c)
5. Chris Robinson
6. Christian Metcalfe
7. Darron Wilkinson
8. Danny Jefferies
9. Landy Sakala
10. Thomas Attrell
11. Lee Charles


12. Nick Roddis
14. Dean Harper
15. John Ellis
16. Stanley Mugisha
17. Rajbinder Gill

1. San Webb
2. Jack Bartlett
3. Graham Stay
4. Jason Mann
5. Callum Lewis
6. Jamie White
7. Andrew Holderin
8. Darren Powell (c)
9. Steele Saunders
10. Moussa Mamabou
11. Omar Khobzi


12. Joe Tigwell
14. Ben Cooper
15. Mama Du Sano
16. Lou Bell
17. Jamie Bray

Attendance: 221

Match Officials

Referee Mr. A. Quelch
Assistant Referee Mr. R. Payne
Assistant Referee Mr. S. Maynard

RebelsOnline Man of the Match

Landy Sakala

Scored our 1st, excellent work rate, a brilliant all-round performance despite not looking match-fit.

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