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Dean Harper - yet another penalty

AFC Hayes 2-1 Rebels
by Nathan on 14/02/2009

The Rebels are left looking nerviously over their shoulders following this latest defeat.

AFC Hayes

Slough Town



TBC . Dean Harper (penalty)
British Gas Business Southern League Division One South & West
Farm Park
Saturday 14th February 2009
The Report
Despite a bright start, the Rebels fell to yet another away defeat.

Yashwa Romeo (pictured right) forced a low save from the 'keeper, and Matthew Platt fired narrowly wide of the near post in what was a fairly even opening 20 minutes, with both sides playing an effective long ball on a pitch unsuited to free-flowing football.

The home side's best chance during this period came from a free-kick dipping narrowly over Jamie Jackson's crossbar. Yashwa Romeo had what appeared to be a stonewall penalty appeal turned down after being fouled on the edge of the area, but the referee waved play on.

Then, all of a sudden, Slough seemed to run out of ideas. The home side began dictating play and took the lead after half an hour when the Rebels defence allowed a loose ball to be pounced upon and slammed into the back of the net from inside the box.

Slough, though not through lack of effort, looked flat, weak and clueless as to how to claw their way back into the game. The best opportunity before the half-time break came from Danny Jordan (pictured left) being caught offside from a right-wing cross.

The second half continued in similar fashion, with the AFC Hayes No.7 causing the Rebels defence all sorts of problems. On one occasion he beat 4 defenders only to be denied by Jamie Jackson, and on another he capitalised on a poor clearance to beat another 2 defenders and Jamie Jackson for 2-0 with 30 minutes remaining.

Then followed 15 minutes during which time not a lot happened, before Slough were awarded with a faint glimmer of hope with the sending off of the home side's no.2 for a deliberate handball on the line to deny Dean Harper, who duly dispatched the resultant penalty.

Despite an altercation between Ryan Fenton (pictured right) and the AFC Hayes bench (apparently one of the substitutes threw a ball at Fenton, only for him to return the favour and the sub then trying to throw a punch at him, resulting in a booking for the unnamed substitute), the Rebels actually put the goal under some pressure. Laurence Brown saw his cross end up with the Slough fans behind the goal, Dean Harper's header was blocked and Luke Evans set up Matthew Platt to smash a shot towards the bottom right corner, forcing a brilliant save from the goalkeeper.

This also left the Slough goal vulnerable, and the Rebels had Jamie Jackson to thank yet again for keeping them in the match for a low save after an AFC Hayes forward had danced through the defence.

With the Rebels getting closer to the elusive equaliser and with time running out, tempers were flaring and there was another minor incident involving Laurence Brown (pictured left) and a defender after both had ended up inside the goal net following a corner. Slough, with the one-man advantage continued to pressurise however, and almost gained an ultimately undeserved equaliser, but Yashwa Romeo scuffed a shot 5 yards out from the centre of goal mere moments before the final whistle.

The Teams

AFC Hayes

Slough Town

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1. Jamie Jackson
2. Dean Harper
3. Ryan Fenton
4. Luke Evans (c)
5. Ricky Allaway
6. Laurence Brown
7. Scott Webb
8. Chris Fermie
9. Danny Jordan
10. Matthew Platt
11. Yashwa Romeo
Substitutes Substitutes
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Match Officials

Referee TBC
Assistant Referee TBC
Assistant Referee TBC

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