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Rebels 3-3 Truro City

Late equaliser denies Rebels
by Nathan on 25/10/2008

Ricky Allaway scores on his debut as the Rebels are denied by a late equaliser against title favourites and early pacesetters Truro City.

Slough Town

Truro City



Yashwa Romeo
Ricky Allaway
Matthew Platt
. Tom Smith
Andy Watkins
Tom Smith
British Gas Business Southern League Division One South & West
Holloways Park
Saturday 25th October 2008
The Report

Tom Smith's 90th minute equaliser denied the Rebels what would have been a well earned victory over unbeaten Truro City.

After an early spell of pressure, Yashwa Romeo smashed into the far right corner with only 9 minutes gone after being put through with no defender in sight.

With a squad full of ex-pros, Truro's experience and fitness showed up against a Slough defence featuring two debutants in Ricky Allaway and Rory Smith. However, they didn't force Rebels 'keeper Carl Dennison into a serious save until 30 minutes when Dennison (pictured below left) was forced into an excellent low save in what was Truro's first real chance of the match. Shortly afterwards, a poor header from Lee Riddell almost allowed a near repeat situation as Riddell's attempted clearance went straight to the nearest forward. Luckily for the Rebels however, Dennison was in fine form to block another powerful shot and keep Slough in the lead.

Despite the visitors dominating the play and restricting Slough to the counter attack, the Rebels were looking good to go into half-time in the lead, but with 5 minutes of the first half remaining, Scott Walker swung in a corner for an unmarked Tom Smith to head past Dennison.

Barely a minute after the restart, Yashwa Romeo was once again through on goal but, partially down to the wind, managed to scuff his shot closer to the corner flag than the goal.

The second half continued in similar fashion but with the Rebels looking increasingly confident on the attack and with an excellent understanding between James Pritchard and Danny Jordan (pictured below right), the two linked up well down the left to set up debutant Ricky Allaway in the centre of goal to slot home to send the Rebels into the lead in the 50th minute.

This lead lasted only 5 minutes however when Andy Taylor was allowed space down the right, the Slough defence seemed to stop to allow Andy Watkins to slam home Taylor's cross.

With the game looking as if it could go either way, Pritchard and Jordan linked up brilliantly down the left wing again to set up Matthew Platt for a similar goal to Allaway's earlier effort, to put Slough into a well deserved 3-2 lead.

Fearing for their unbeaten league record, Truro put the Rebels defence under intense pressure for the remainder of the game, forcing Carl Dennision into action on more than one occasion but, just when everyone in the crowd had settled for a 3-2 Rebels victory, Tom Smith stepped up to head home another cross deep into injury time.

The Teams

Slough Town

Truro City

1. Carl Dennison
2. Adam Durrant (15)
3. Ryan Fenton
4. Ricky Allaway
5. Lee Riddell
6. Rory Smith
7. James Pritchard (c)
8. Chris Fermie
9. Danny Jordan (12)
10. Matthew Platt
11. Yashwa Romeo (14)
1. Martin Rice
2. Barry McConnell
3. Marcus Martin
4. Tom Smith
5. Jake Ash
6. Chris Reski
7. Andy Taylor
8. Matt Hockley
9. Stewart Yetton
10. Andy Watkins
11. Scott Walker
Substitutes Substitutes
12. Glen Harris (9)
14. Byron Bubb (11)
15. Laurence Brown (2)
16. Roy Gumbs
17. Alex Tulett
12. Joe Broad
14. Graeme Power
15. Martin Watts
16. Shane Tolley
17. Jason Chapman

Attendance: 295

Match Officials

Referee Mr. C. T. Breakspear
Assistant Referee Mr. K. Kirkbride
Assistant Referee Mr. I. Skull

RebelsOnline Man of the Match

James Pritchard

Improved as the game went on, and linked up well with Danny Jordan in attack.
Honourable Mention to Chris Fermie, who was also immense in midfield.

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