Despite a bright start, the Rebels fell
to yet another away defeat.
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
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
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.
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.
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.