Former Rebels come back to haunt Slough

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Date: Saturday, September 29th 2007 | Competition: League | Attendance: 207

Man Of Match: Leon Woodruffe

Slough Town’s woes continued at Abingdon United’s North Court ground as the hosts, featuring a number of ex-Rebels, coasted to a 3-0 victory.

Slough brought Michael Murphy, Lee Charles and Steve Daly back into the side whilst Abingdon’s squad included Michael Alexis, Anaclet Odhiambo, Josias Carbon and Jamie Brooks.

Abingdon opened the scoring after just five minutes, with Slough still finding their way into the game. Following a series of short passes, Anaclet Odhiambo was able to turn on the edge of the box and drill a snapshot into the bottom corner.

This goal seemed to rattle an already shaky defence, and Odhiambo, who did not enjoy the best of spells at Slough, should have doubled his tally when Richard Barnard, who appeared to be carrying an injury, miscued a goal kick. The striker saw his effort deflected wide. Just minutes later, Luke Holden played in Mike Herbert who also should have netted. His effort was well saved by Barnard from close range.

Slough weathered the storm and tried to counter. A corner kick was flicked towards goal by Nick Roddis, whose effort was tipped over the bar by Simon Tricker.

The Rebels were then hampered by an injury to big centre half Adrian Browne, who was replaced by John Ellis.

The chances continued to arrive for the home side, with an unmarked Tom Franklin sending a header wide of goal.

Abingdon were finding it all too easy to breach the Slough defence, with Luke Holden miscuing badly on two occasions in front of goal, and Ryan Curtin having a shot saved. At the other end, Lee Charles found himself with a sniff of goal, but elected to try and pass to Terry Davies in the middle, and the chance was gone.

It came as no surprise when the hosts made their pressure count with a second goal. Odhiambo jinked past a couple of defenders to slam the ball past the helpless Barnard on 41 minutes.

Just two minutes later, Abingdon wrapped up the game with a superb third goal. Daniel Meade fired an effort in from 25 yards, and despite Barnard getting a hand to the ball, he could only palm it into the side of the net to leave the Rebels 3-0 down at half time.

Abingdon visibly took their collective foot off the gas in the second half, but were still too good for a Slough side who were unable to get any momentum going. Odhiambo should have wrapped up his hat-trick but missed when well placed.

Richard Barnard was at fault when spilling a cross which he had gathered, but he made amends with a super save from a Holden volley which he blocked to safety.

Slough’s best effort of the second half came following a corner kick from Murphy. Steve Daly picked up the loose ball at the far post, showed some nice touches, and dug out a left footed cross which Dean Harper headed towards goal, only for Tricker to tip the ball over the bar.

Final throws of the dice saw Matt Miller replace Danny Jeffreys and young Thomas Attrell come on for the injured Woodruffe, but the damage was done long ago and now the Rebels must prepare for a what looks like a hugely important game at Holloways Park on Tuesday against fellow strugglers Bracknell Town.

Abingdon Utd: Tricker (c), Meade, Organ (Carbon), Beechers (J Brooks), Franklin, McCalmon, Alexis, Herbert, Holden, Odhiambo (R Brooks), Curtin. Subs not used: Woodley, Moss.


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