picked up their first away win of the season by inflicting upon the
Rebels our first home defeat of the campaign.
Without the defensive prescence of Roy
Gumbs or Luke Evans, a makeshift Rebels defence were always going to
be up against it against a strong physical Uxbridge side.
It was however Slough who took only 9
minutes to open the scoring when James Pritchard, formerly of
Uxbridge, was put through on goal, taking the ball away from
goalkeeper Paul McCarthy before rounding him and slotting home into
an empty net.
However, within 7 minutes the tables had
been completely turned with 2 quick fire Uxbridge goals; the first
of which came about when an unmarked Dave Lawrence fired home from
amidst a totally confused Slough defence, before an unmarked Lee
Tunnell headed home a cross from the left wing shortly afterwards.
For the remaining 30 minutes of the
half, Slough huffed and puffed to no avail, while the visitors
wasted chance after chance to increase their lead, being denied by
both desperate defending and the woodwork. There were several
goalmouth scrambles where the ball could have gone to anyone or gone
anywhere, and Slough couldn't have complained had Uxbridge gone into
half time 4 or 5-1 up.
second half bought a slight improvement but any hopes of a Slough
comeback were all but dashed when Rebels defender Dean Harper
(pictured left) received a straight red card for elbowing Mark
Nicholls in the face, meaning yet more defensive headaches for
Rebels manager Derek Sweetman to prepare for.
The Rebels did put the Uxbridge goal
under its first real spell of pressure for the last 15 minutes
following the introduction of Tom Attrell and the return of Glen
Harris, but failed to force the 'keeper into any meaningful saves,
with Lee Riddell's 20 yard effort that caused the 'keeper no trouble
being the closest Slough came to what would have been an ultimately