An uninspiring encounter ended equal,
with both goals coming in the opening 4 minutes.
With neither side having so far managed to keep a single clean sheet in any competition this season,
goals were all but guaranteed. Slough broke the deadlock after 2 minutes
with Yashwa Romeo firing into the net after been set up by Lee
Riddell (pictured right).
However, the lead lasted less than a
minute as Michaes Herbert bundled the ball home at the far post as
the Rebels failed to deal with a free kick on the edge of the area.
The Rebels tried in vain to restore
their short-lived lead, with what seemed a certain penalty denied by
the referee as James Pritchard (pictured left) was bought down inside the box.
Further pressure lead to few chances however, with Lee Riddell's
scuffed shot from 30 yards being the closest Slough came to another
goal, despite plenty of possession in and around the box. The home
side also had their chances, with Michaes Herbert beating the Slough
defence only to fire narrowly wide of the far left post, and
Abingdon missing a near post header following a poorly defended
The second half began with yet more
Slough pressure, with James Pritchard forcing a save from Abingdon
'keeper Warrell, but that was it as far as Slough's chances of
scoring were concerned as the Rebels spent much of the remainder of
the game defending.
Despite long periods of pressure from
the home side, only on a couple of
occasions did Abingdon threaten Jamie Jackson in the Slough goal,
forcing low saves after beating the defence. Slough did have a
half-chance with about 20 minutes remaining, but James Pritchard's
poorly hit free-kick hit the wall
and was cleared. Matthew Platt (pictured
above right) almost
advantage of a poor backpass, but
was beaten to the ball
by Sam Warrell.
With Abingdon always looking the more
likely to snatch the game, they almost did 10 minutes from the end
with a free-kick smashing against the crossbar. Minutes later,
Abingdon were through on goal again, forcing Jackson (pictured left) into a low save
to bail out the static defence, resulting in Jackson going ballistic
towards those who were supposed to keep the danger away from him.