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Yashwa Romeo - 2 goals

Rebels edged in thriller
by Nathan on 18/10/2008

A very poor defensive performance means that Slough go out of the FA Trophy at the first hurdle for the 4th successive year.

Thatcham Town

Slough Town



Jemel Johnson
Dave Asker
Gareth Thomas
Jemel Johnson
Ashley Vine
. Yashwa Romeo
Danny Jordan
Yashwa Romeo
James Pritchard
FA Trophy 1st Qualifying Round
Waterside Park
Saturday 18th October 2008
The Report

Despite leading 3-2 at half time, and despite an 88th minute equaliser from James Pritchard, the Rebels couldn't hold onto a replay, and crashed out of the FA Trophy at the first hurdle.

Slough got off to the worst possible start as Jemel Johnson fired home after only four minutes, but within 10 minutes the game had been turned upside down. First, Yashwa Romeo capitalised on a poor back pass to fire past the 'keeper, and shortly afterwards Danny Jordan (pictured left) found himself in acres of space inside the box, allowing him to turn on the ball and slam the ball into the bottom right corner.

The Rebels then began to sit back a little and Thatcham began to dominate the match, with Ashley Vine and Jemel Johnson both going close for the home side before Dave Asker levelled with just under half an hour gone as questionable defending left him unmarked to allow him to fire past Jamie Jackson into the top corner.

But before half-time Slough had regained the lead as Yashwa Romeo fired through the penalty area from outside the box into the top right corner following James Pritchard's corner.

It took 25 minutes for the second half to produce a goal, and yet again it came from poor Slough defending. Adam Durrant (pictured right) gave away a needless free-kick down the left flank for Gareth Thomas unmarked inside the box to head home.

The home side quickly took the lead, leaving the Rebels barely enough time to recover from Thatcham's second equaliser. Jemel Johnson netted his second of the game as he converted Barry Elmore's cross.

Rebels manager Derek Sweetman introduced Glen Harris (pictured left) and Byron Bubb in an attempt to get back into the game, not been dictated by the home side with the Rebels looking rather sorry for themselves. Despite this however, the Rebels could muster little more than a couple of half-chances and speculative long-range shots.

With little progress been made, there was a huge stroke of luck concerning Slough's fourth goal as a loose ball inside the area was met by James Pritchard (pictured right) to round the 'keeper and prod the ball home from a tight angle.

With a replay imminent, the Rebels still failed to hold onto it as yet more poor defending allowed Ashley Vine, unmarked inside the box, to head home off the crossbar in injury time.

The Teams

Thatcham Town

Slough Town

1. Paul Strudley
2. Jamie Leacock (c)
3. Paul Taplin
4. Gareth Thoma
5. Sam Rea
6. Thomas Melledew
7. Dean Flockton
8. Dave Asker
9. Ashley Vine
10. Jemel Johnson
11. Mario Nurse
1. Jamie Jackson
2. Dean Harper
3. Ryan Fenton
4. Roy Gumbs
5. Eamonn McConigley (16)
6. Chris Fermie (12)
7. James Pritchard (c)
8. Lee Riddell
9. Danny Jordan
10. Matthew Platt
11. Yashwa Romeo (14)
Substitutes Substitutes
12. Stefan Brown
14. Ryan Williams
15. Barry Elmore
16. Adam Pilling
17. Steve Hale
12. Glen Harris (6)
14. Byron Bubb (11)
15. Laurence Brown
16. Adam Durrant (5)
17. Alex Tullett

Attendance: 177

Match Officials

Referee Mark Derrien
Assistant Referee Gary Childs
Assistant Referee Mike Long

RebelsOnline Man of the Match

Yashwa Romeo

Caused the opposition problems every time he got the ball.

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