Slough visited the
sun bathed Andover stadium looking for a result that would confirm
that their recent results were no fluke. Andover started the
brightest of the two sides, but that did not last long as Slough
came more and more into the game, dominating after the first 15
minutes, playing attractive attacking football. Romeo, Jordan and
Platt combined on several occasions to threaten the home goal, but
the luck seemed to be against Slough with Riddell and Romeo both
hitting the woodwork, and the Andover defence clearing off the line.
As half time approached, it looked as if
Slough might go unrewarded for some of the best football they have
played over the last few seasons, but in the 38th minute, Hook, the
home keeper, spilled an innocuous shot and Romeo collected the ball,
rounded the despairing Hook, and shot home from a narrow angle.
Andover's defence self destructed a minute later, loosing the ball
to Jordan at the edge of the box. He unselfishly squared the ball to
Platt who slotted home.
With Slough playing so well, it seemed
as if it might be game over, but minutes later Andover struck back
with 3 or 4 passes across the front of goal allowing an unmarked
Barron to shoot into the corner of the net and reduce the deficit.
The second half was
much harder work for Slough, as Andover dominated, and Slough's game
lost its edge. The defence stuck to its job, with Gumbs, Fenton and
Harper all putting in good performances. While Andover dominated,
and Jackson put in two good saves, Slough's defence held out, often
under pressure, but never ragged.
3 more points, a good performance and
what will no doubt be the last hot sunny game of the year sent the
Rebel's supporters home happy, but wondering why the first half
performance could not be repeated. On a more general note, there
seems to be a good team spirit at the moment.