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Rebels 4-1 Abingdon United
by Nathan on 01/12/2007

A change of management brings immediate rewards as Slough thrash Abingdon United 4-1 at Holloways Park, in a match marred by injuries to Dave Barratt and George Moleski.

Slough Town

Abingdon United



Dean Harper
Jermaine Gumbs
Abby Nsubuga
Tom Windsor
. Billy Beechers
British Gas Business Southern League Division One South & West
Holloways Park
Saturday 1st December 2007
The Report

Slough ended a run of six straight defeats with this well-earned victory by the slightly flattering score-line of 4-1.

Weakened 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 impressive debuts.

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).

The 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 effort.

It 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.

As 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.

Slough 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 2-1.

From 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 3-1 lead.

But we weren't finished yet; substitute Tom Windsor managed to guide Jermaine Gumbs cross just inside the near post for 4-1.

The Teams

Slough Town

Abingdon United

1. Richard Barnard . .
2. Mark Janes . .
3. Lee Rendell . .
4. Dave Barratt (12)
5. Dean Harper .
6. Steve Daly . .
7. Meddie Nsubuga . .
8. Lee Riddell (c) . .
9. Lee Charles . .
10. Jermaine Gumbs . .
11. Abby Nsubuga . (16)
1. Carl Wilkins . .
2. Dean Moss . .
3. James Organ . .
4. Nathan Woodley . .
5. Josias Carbon . .
6. Julian McCalmon .
7. Michael Alexis . .
8. Billy Beechers . .
9. Luke Holden . .
10. Anaclet Odhiambo . .
11. John Mills . .
Substitutes Substitutes
12. George Moleski . (4)
14. Chima Eberendu . (12)
15. Thomas Attrell . .
16. Tom Windsor . (11)
17. John Ellis . .
12. Mark Davel . .
14. Mark O'Hara . .
15. Modou . .
16. Tom Hemmings . .
17. Simon Tricker . .

Attendance: 208

Match Officials

Referee Mr. L. Forrester
Assistant Referee Mr. C. Wicks
Assistant Referee Mr. S. Maynard

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