Slough ended a run
of six straight defeats with this well-earned victory by the slightly
flattering score-line of 4-1.
by the recent departure of manager Darron Wilkinson, his assistant
Nick Roddis and Leon Woodruffe (who has joined Oxford City), caretaker manager
Mark Betts acted quickly to bring in some emergency loan signings in
Mark Janes, Lee Rendell (both from Oxford City), Jermaine Gumbs
(Beaconsfield SYCOB), and Tom Windsor (Wealdstone), who each had
Eager to avenge our 3-0 hammering at
Abingdon earlier in the year, Slough
started bright and quickly created, and missed a glaring chance for
Dave Barratt (pictured above right).
visitors, featuring ex-Rebels in Josias Carbon (pictured left),
Michael Alexis and Anaclet Odhiambo also forced an early save, but
acting assistant manager Richard Barnard saved easily from Beecher's
was Slough however who had the better of the early play, and had
further chances for Jermaine Gumbs and Abby Nsubuga before Dean
Harper managed bundle the ball into the net following Lee Riddell's
ocrner in the 12th minute.
the sky opened to the heavens, any thought of good football went out
the window, as the wet whether
forcing mistakes and stray passes from both sides. Odhiambo and
Carbon both missed chances for Abingdon, and Abby Nsubuga (pictured
right) headed narrowly wide for the Rebels.
Dave Barratt went off injured to be
replaced by George Moleski, before Mark Janes scuffed a shot right
into the arms of a grateful Carl Wilkins in the Abingdon goal.
Slough went into the break with a
deserved lead, but the visitors came out fighting and dominated the
opening 10 minutes of the second half, and nearly scored less than 2
minutes after the restart as Billy Beechers long range effort went
just wide of the far post. Abingdon also had a penalty appeal turned
down by the referee.
However, it wasn't long before another
Billy Beecher shot, following on from a clearance straight to him,
flew into the bottom corner from 20 yards for the equaliser.
then woke up and began to play again, but didn't create any serious
threats until Lee Charles (pictured left) crossed to Jermaine Gumbs
from the right wing, resulting in the latter firing past Wilkins for
then on, Slough controlled the match but Abingdon were still in it,
as the lead was only 1 goal. Holden fired into the side netting as a
reminder to Slough that the win wasn't yet done and dusted.
It took until the 89th minute for the
Rebels to make the win safe, as Abby Nsubuga headed in
from 5 yards following Lee Riddell's free-kick to put Slough into a
we weren't finished yet; substitute Tom Windsor managed to guide
Jermaine Gumbs cross just inside the near post for 4-1.