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
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.