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Date: Tuesday, October 22nd 2002 | Competition: League | Attendance: 312

Man Of Match: Byron Bubb

Slough Town started with a changed line up with Hale replacing Winston upfront looking for a morale boosting win ahead of their FA Cup clash with Canvey on Saturday.

Slough started brightly with Byron Bubb running from deep and creating his own chance but shot narrowly over from 20 yards. Steve Howe went close for Wivenhoe shortly after when his effort from the edge of the area tested Dominique Jean-Zepherin, but the Slough keeper saved comfortably.

Hakki inadvertantly cleared off the line with Zepherin covering the ball hooking the ball over the bar in what turned out to be Wivenhoe's best spell of the game. Gilkes followed Bubb's lead when running through from deep, but could not keep his effort down as it sailed over.

The turning point of the game came on the 31st minute when Tony Boot was brought down in the box somewhat theatrically. As Stef Falla was the last minute he was dismissed and Boot cooly dispatced the penalty after having to wait three minutes.

In the run up to half time Slough continued to press home their extra man advantage as Spencer, Boot, Hale and Spencer again all spurned efforts from distance.

The second half continued much the same way as the first finishe with Slough firmly on top. It was a mistake which led to Slough's second of the game when a long range drive by Hakki saw Greenley let the ball slip through his hands and the ball rolled into the net much to the crowds delight. Taunts of "Are you Seaman in disguise?" came from the crowd reminding the keeper of his error.

Within a minute Slough had the opportunity to extend their lead when a Byron Bubb cross was met by the head of Tony Boot, but the striker's effort went narrowly wide with Greenley stranded. Sean Caton had two chances for Wivenhoe in quick succession as they tried to relieve some of the constant Slough pressure being applied to them but both efforts failed to seriously trouble Zepherin in the Slough goal.

Metcalf was only a lick of paint away from opening his goalscoring account after receiving the ball 25 yards out as he saw his effort rebound back off the post with Greenley again stranded. The ball fell into the path of Gilkes but he was quickly closed down before the ball was cleared.

Within two minutes Slough extended their lead. Hale released Bubb with a volleyed reverse pass and the winger utilised his pace to beat the last man and put a convincing strike past Greenley. Within a minute Slough further extended their lead with Bubb again causing the problems. His cross from the right was met by a firm header from Steve Hale which left Greeney standing.

Wivenhoe nearly pulled one back when Stephen Henson's well struck free kick cannoned back off the bar with Zepherin beaten. With the game now effectively won, Slough settled for their four goal lead, although Howard did come close with a glancing header from a Paul Ellis cross late on, but his effort narrowly missed the frame of the goal.




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