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Rebels 2-2 Burnham

Rebels Let Lead Slip Twice
by Nathan on 17/08/2008

The Rebels pick up a point despite taking the lead twice on the opening day of the season at home to Burnham, with Dean Harper and Matthew Platt getting the goals.

Slough Town




Dean Harper
Matthew Platt
. Jamie Handscombe
Leon Yarnie
British Gas Business Southern League Division One South & West
Holloways Park
Saturday 16th August 2008
The Report

The Rebels picked up a well-earned point on the opening day of the season after local rivals Burnham fought back twice.

However it was the visitors who almost got off the the perfect start when Jordan Dowdican hit the post less than a minute into the new season.

Slough did have a Steve Daly goal ruled out, but it was Burnham who started the better side and were unlucky not to take the lead again, thanks to a goal-line clearance from Ryan Fenton, who was making his competitive debut after signing in the summer from AFC Hayes.

Dean Harper opened the scoring soon afterwards when he hit the rebound past former Rebel Michael Parkin following a Danny Jordan effort. For the following 10 minutes the Rebels seemed to control the game, with neither side creating much, but when the visitors did claw their way back into the game, it was Jamie Handscombe who got a deserved equaliser after running onto a long ball from Nick Jackson to lift the ball over the oncoming Jamie Jackson.

Further chances went begging for both sides, including a Adam Dickens effort that went narrowly wide of the far post, and Michael Parkin forced into a save from Matthew Platt, but it was the visitors who looked more likely to score and almost did with a curling free-kick that, luckily for the Rebels, hit the post.

Minutes after half-time, Danny Jordan capitalised on a poor back-pass and set up Matthew Platt to put Slough 2-1 ahead after rounding Michael Parkin. The Rebels then took control of the game, and had a penalty appeal turned down after it appeared that John Gray had been fouled in the box.

With the game seemingly drifting towards an opening day win for the Rebels, Leon Yarnie equalised for the visitors following a moment of brilliance in which he, unchallenged 20 yards from goal, unleashed a stunning effort into the top-left corner of Jamie Jackson's goal.

In the remaining 5 minutes of time the Rebels tried desperately to regain their lead, with a John Gray corner coming to nothing being the closest chance, and Slough had to settle for a point on the opening day despite leading twice.

The Teams

Slough Town


1. Jamie Jackson
2. Dean Harper
3. Ryan Fenton
4. Steve Daly
5. Eamonn McConigley
6. Craig Roberts
7. James Pritchard
8. Adam Dickens
9. Danny Jordan
10. Matthew Platt
11. John Gray
1. Michael Parkin
2. Zak Gill
3. Chris Owens
4. Ryan Bird
5. Lee Canavan
6. Nick Jackson
7. John Montgomery
8. Dan Willment (c)
9. Jordan Dowdican
10. Jamie Handscombe
11. Ben Hudell
Substitutes Substitutes
12. Roy Gumbs
14. Lee Riddell
15. Stanley Mugisha
16. Thomas Attrell
17. Alex Tuttle
12. TBC
14. TBC
15. TBC
16. TBC
17. TBC

Attendance: 315

Match Officials

Referee Mr. P. B. Redmond
Assistant Referee Mr. B. V. O'Toole
Assistant Referee Mr. A. Mirza

RebelsOnline Man of the Match

James Pritchard

Looked composed and in command in midfield.

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