The Rebels donned bright pink shirts in
aid of Breast Cancer Research for this vital relegation six-pointer.
The visitors had the better of the
opening 45 minutes, with Jamie Jackson forced into a save from
Charlie Welch, as well as Alexis Piper wasting several
opportunities; first by firing over from a good position before
prodding the ball too close to Jackson when played through on goal.
fought back with a couple of half-chances from Byron Bubb (pictured
right) and Tyrone Sealney
respectively, but the first half belonged to Taunton and the Rebels
could count themselves rather lucky that they didn't have an on-form
striker, else they could have been out of sight by half-time.
Taunton's Alexis Piper continued his
run of effortlessly beating defenders but being unable to hit the
target, as he missed another chance just after the restart. After he
was substituted, Slough gradually clawed their way back into the
match and forced some chances. Danny Jordan almost connected with
Steve Sinclair's cross, and Graeme Edwards headed over the crossbar
from a free-kick.
match exploded into life on 75 minutes as the Rebels took the lead,
and almost immediacy lost it. First, Danny Jordan (pictured left)
got the slightest of touches on Byron Bubb's cross from the left.
But two minutes later, Nick McCootie drilled the ball home through a
crowded penalty area after the Slough defence failed to clear their
lines from a long-ball.
Slough almost snatched all
three-points following Matthew Platt's (pictured below right) header
from Tyron Sealney's cross from the right, but again failed to hold
onto the lead, albeit with little help from the match officials.
a little over 2 minutes left on the clock, a blatant push on Tyron
Sealney went unpunished.
Typically, the ball went on the smash Ryan Fenton (who was unable to
move out the way from such close range) on the arm for a penalty was
awarded, which was subsequently dispatched by Twaine Plummer.
To be fair, on the balance of play a
point was the least Taunton deserved, but had it not been for some
very poor refereeing, the Rebels would be all but safe by now.