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Slough 4-3 Andover

Rebels edge Lions in 7-goal thriller
by Ted on 21/02/2009

Slough scrape past struggling Andover at Holloways Park to claim a rather fortunate but much-needed three points.

Slough Town

Andover

4

3

Dean Harper (penalty)
Luke Evans
Matthew Platt
Yashwa Romeo
. Kyle Swayne
Kyle Swayne (penalty)
James Barron
British Gas Business Southern League Division One South & West
Holloways Park
Saturday 21st February 2009
3.00pm
The Report

Both teams entered this game in need of a win, Andover to keep out of the relegation zone, and Slough to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle. In the end it was Slough who got the result, but the performance was not convincing and Andover will consider themselves unlucky not to have come away with at least a point.

Slough had the best of the opening encounters, though both sides saw half chances missed. After 20 minutes Jordan's cross/shot was fingered onto the bar by the Andover keeper. The resulting corner ended with a Penalty as Slough captain, Evans, was clearly pushed in the back just as he was about to head the ball for goal. Harper placed the spot kick well, and it was 1-0 to Slough. Andover countered quickly and a goalmouth scramble saw Slough clear off their line twice, and Jordan, perhaps with a slice of luck, block a goal bound shot. Slough broke away, got a corner, and a repeat free header for Evans, this time not impeded by a push, gave him a well deserved first goal for Slough.

Chances continued at both ends, with the home defence looking very shaky much of the time, and it came as no great surprise when Swayne pulled one back for Andover, after a poor Jackson clearance. Two minutes later Platt restored Slough's lead with an accurate if somewhat scuffed shot after being put through by Romeo. Just before half time Andover's Turvey appealed for a goal after rounding Slough's keeper. Some Slough fans thought it crossed the line, others were equally adamant it didn't, so a very close call. With neither side defending well it could have been 3 or 4 all at the break, however it was 3-1 to Slough.

The second half was all Andover as yet again Slough's midfield were overrun. Goals from a Swayne penalty, after an Evans foul, and Barron, put Andover well back in the game. With Slough's record of conceding late goals, combined with Andover having the momentum, grown men (well Chris Sliski anyway) found the final minutes too tense to watch. For once it was Slough who got the late goal, Romeo netting from a Jordan pass. Even then, with the final touch of the match Andover missed with a free header, but Slough got all the points. If anyone was convinced by that performance, can they please contact me as I'd like to sell them Buckingham Palace.

The Teams

Slough Town

Andover

1. Jamie Jackson
2. Dean Harper
3. Ryan Fenton
4. Luke Evans
5. Scott Webb (15)
6. Chris Fermie
7. Byron Bubb
8. Jagdeep Makh (17)
9. Danny Jordan
10. Matthew Platt (14)
11. Yashwa Romeo
1. Steve May
2. Ben Buckland
3. Matt Jones
4. Paul Jones
5. Rory Williams
6. James Roden
7. Bobby Swayne
8. Lloyd Webber
9. James Barron
10. Michael Turvey
11. Kyle Swayne
Substitutes Substitutes
12. Roy Gumbs
14. Thomas Attrell (10)
15. Laurence Brown (5)
16. Kyle Jeffrey
17. Rory Smith (8)
12. Dave Hook
14. Dave Lewis
15. Nic Eastham
16. Stuart Gates
17. Andrews

Attendance: 230

Match Officials

Referee Mr. A. Degnarain
Assistant Referee Mr. J. Balcombe
Assistant Referee Mr. G. Poynter

RebelsOnline Man of the Match

Luke Evans

Scored, cleared one off the line, and had a good all-round game.

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