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Goalscorer James Pritchard

Rebels 2-3 Didcot Town
by Nathan on 20/12/2008

A spirited second-half comeback wasn't enough to salvage a point after the Rebels found themselves 2-0 after 5 minutes.

Slough Town

Didcot Town

2

3

Matthew Platt
James Pritchard
. Ian Sampson
Jack King (penalty)
Andy Williams
British Gas Business Southern League Division One South & West
Holloways Park
Saturday 20th December 2008
3.00pm
The Report

Slough's six-game 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 penalty spot.

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 left.

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.

Slough 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 wrong-foot 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.

The Teams

Slough Town

Didcot Town

1. Jamie Jackson
2. Dean Harper
3. Ryan Fenton
4. Ricky Allaway
5. Rory Smith
6. Chris Fermie
7. James Pritchard (c)
8. Jagdeep Makh
9. Danny Jordan
10. Matthew Platt
11. Yashwa Romeo
1. Michael Watkins
2. Jamie Heapy (c)
3. Matthew Jack
4. Andrew Williams
5. Martin Brown
6. Simieon Howell
7. Ian Sampson
8. Jack King
9. Michael Bartley
10. Neville Roach
11. Paul Powell
Substitutes Substitutes
12. Roy Gumbs
14. Byron Bubb
15. Lee Riddell
16. Tom Attrell
17. Carl Dennison
12. James Mortimer-Jones
14. Matthew Saunders
15. Niall Hodgkins
16. None
17. Tom Buckner

Attendance: 295

Match Officials

Referee Mr. J. W. Scott
Assistant Referee Mr. V. Sharan
Assistant Referee Mr. P. J. Wilkinson

RebelsOnline Man of the Match

James Pritchard

Led from midfield like a true captain, plus a goal for his efforts.

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