picked up their first 3 points of the new campaign in an eventful
match overshadowed by Luke Evans'
(pictured right) 1st half red card.
Evans' saw red after a 16th minute
tackle on Jason Burt limping off the field, despite later proven to
have sustained worse injuries than the Taunton defender.
Despite this early setback, Slough
composed themselves well but didn't threaten much. Matthew Platt's
effort that hit a defender and hit the 'keeper in the face before
hitting the crossbar being the Rebels closest chance of the first
second half started brightly for Slough, whose attacking options had
been bolstered by the introduction of John Gray (pictured left) in
place of Craig Roberts at half time. Byron Bubb fired over following
Danny Jordan's cross before Matthew Platt opened the scoring,
following on from Danny Jordan's effort that was saved.
10-man Slough continued to attack and
had further chances, including a John Gray free-kick that fly
narrowly wide of the post before Dean Harper converted a penalty
after Byron Bubb had been bought down inside the box after an hours
goalkeeper Jamie Jackson (pictured right) had very little to do but
did have to deal with a shot that
flew straight at him, with the home side's best chance so far being
a header that shot wide of the post. That said, Taunton proceeded to
reduce the deficit when Charlie Welch fired a cross past Jackson
after John Gray was left exposed down his right flank.
With the home side going for an
equaliser, the Rebel's remaining back three of Harper (pictured
below left), Fenton and McConigley thwarted their every attempt at
the Slough goal.
The Rebels appeared to make the game
safe as with 10 minutes remaining Danny Jordan beat four defenders
and curled a shot into the top corner for his first competitive
home side did pull another goal back in injury time to make the
score 3-2 after Harper handled the ball inside the box, with Lee
Groves making no mistake from the spot despite Jamie Jackson
guessing the right way.
Taunton almost got the equalising goal
moments before the final whistle, but the ball flew wide of the post
following a corner kick and the travelling Slough fans and players
alike breathed a collective sigh of relief.