The Rebels almost made a great comeback
from 3-0 down in Steve Bateman's first match in charge of Slough
The match went ahead
despite atrocious conditions (heavy wind & rain), ending any hope of
good football. Indeed, only one of the 5 goals scored didn't come
from a mistake forced by the weather.
match started fairly evenly, with both sides exchanging pop shots at
goal. The opening goal came after
half-an-hour when Steve Cowe slotted in from close range past a
retreating Jamie Jackson after poor defending allowed him and
another forward clean on goal.
Slough had two half-chances to get
back into the game, when Tom Attrell (pictured right) beat two
defenders down the left wing and crossed for Yashwa Romeo, whose
contact forced the ball onto the line, only to be cleared. Chris
Fermie also had a shot from the edge of the area fly clean over the
bar, assisted by the wind.
However ten minutes after taking the
lead, the visitors scored their second as Ricky Allaway's weak
backwards header towards Jamie Jackson was intercepted by Steve Cowe
who ran and doubled his tally for the night.
With their confidence clearly dashed,
Slough struggled on against the wind for the remainder of the half,
hoping to regroup at half-time and use the weather to their
advantage during the second half. But it was the away side who
increased their lead 10 minutes into the second 45, when Jamie
Jackson sliced a clearance to Jody Bevan who had an easy task of
rounding him and firing into an empty net.
Both sides missed various long-range
speculative efforts, with the visitors having at least two shots fly
narrowly wide of the post. But it wasn't long until Slough found a
way back into the game, courtesy of a misunderstanding between
visiting goalkeeper Matt Bath and his defence, which allowed Yashwa
Romeo to pop in and slot the ball home.
Slough continued to pressure the
Cinderford goal but it took 20 minutes for Danny Jordan to head home
from inside the area for their to be a real possibility of a Slough
5 minutes remaining and the deficit reduced to 2 goals, Slough had
their tails up and were putting the goal under some real pressure.
Several corners and goalmouth scrambles ensued during which Roy
Gumbs had a good effort blocked, and Scott Webb (pictured left)
mishit his shot narrowly wide from a very good position.
Dean Harper had a 20 yard effort
flash across the goal and narrowly miss the far post, but the late
pressure was to no avail as Steve Bateman's tenure starts with
defeat, the club's 5 in their last 6 matches.