A poor first-half ultimately cost the
Rebels as they fell to another defeat.
Cirencester's Carl Brown opened the
scoring after only 10 seconds when he ran forward from kick-off and
unleashed a shot past the outstretched hand of Jamie Jackson.
With their confidence clearly dashed,
Slough were second to almost every ball and were hoofing away
aimless clearances at every possible opportunity. The departure of
captain James Pritchard during the week was clearly felt as there
was little to link up the defence and the forward partnership of
Matthew Platt (pictured left) and Yashwa Romeo, with both being forced almost into
defence in order to see any of the ball. New signing Scott Webb,
being perhaps the shortest player on the pitch was unsuited to his
initial role as centre-back.
Poor defending allowed Davies to
dance through on goal and place the ball into the bottom left corner
before Slough started to play some football. Yashwa Romeo was put
through on goal, he set up Matthew Platt who saw his shot well
saved. Jagdeep Makh went on a mazy run through the centre of the
park, but with the absence of any support, lost the ball.
That was about it as far as Slough's
attacking threat during the first half. Although the Rebels were
playing against the wind, the slope was on our side for the first
half yet Slough were clearly outplayed for much of the opening 45
This changed for the second half
however, as the Rebels sought to climb up the mountain they
themselves had created. With the wind now on their side, Slough
applied some serious pressure.
10 minutes into the second half,
Yashwa Romeo though he had pulled one
back for Slough, but his bundled shot through a crowd full of
players was ruled out for offside.
Ricky Allaway sliced his shot over,
whilst Danny Jordan (pictured right) saw his shot collide with the crossbar for the
second time in as many games before Rory Smith headed home Laurence
Brown's free-kick on 70 minutes to put Slough right back into the
Minutes later, Byron Bubb was put
through on goal but wasted his chance to equalise by firing his shot
well over. Barely 5 minutes later
however, Cirencester's two-goal
lead was restored against the run
play when Scott Griffin fired into the far corner from the right
Slough's heads noticeably dropped
after this and the Rebels never looked like getting back into the
game from that point. Byron Bubb wasted a free-kick from a good
position and Laurence Brown (pictured left) was unlucky with a close range header,
but it came as no surprise when Matt Williams ran past the Slough defence
to guide the ball past Jamie Jackson and into the corner off the
post for 4-1 in injury time.