unbeaten run came to an end despite a spirited second-half
performance, but in reality the game was lost after the first 5
minutes when Slough found themselves 2-0 down.
Straight from kick-off, Ian Sampson ran
with the ball and unleashed a looping shot right over Jamie
Jackson's head - a goal timed by the referee as having been scored
after a mere 17 seconds.
Barely 2 minutes later, Ricky Allaway
handled the ball inside the area for Jack King to bury home from the
Rebels then decided to start playing football, and started on
clawing their way back into the
game after an abysmal start. Their efforts were rewarded, although
there was a slice of luck involved as Matthew Platt (pictured right)
capitalised Didcot 'keeper on Michael Watkins error to hit the ball
into an empty net.
Slough were now right back in the match
and were showing signs of an equaliser with Yashwa Romeo's shot
being saved by Watkins, but after half an hour the match was
seemingly lost as Andy Williams bundled home from a corner from the
best chance for the Rebels to put themselves back into the game
again before half-time fell to James Pritchard, who volleyed
straight at the goalkeeper.
had the better of the second half, with Dean Harper crashing a
header against the crossbar, and Yashwa Romeo (pictured left) and
Matthew Platt having chances.
The visitors had
chances of their own, with Ian Sampson forcing a save from Jamie
Jackson, but the Rebels efforts were rewarded when James Pritchard
was put through on goal after 70 minutes, for the Slough captain to
Watkins and fire a shot into the bottom-left corner.
Any hope of a comeback were dashed
minutes later however, when Dean
Harper (pictured right) saw his second yellow card and then
subsequently a red one following a challenge. To their credit
though, Slough didn't give up after that and pushed Didcot all the
way, but for all their possession, they couldn't create another
clear-cut chance and the game faded out into into a hard-fought 3-2
victory for the visitors.