10-man Slough rescue a point
Harper (33), Sonner (71), Seeby (85)
Smith (16, 19), Weale (30)
Date: Saturday, March 20th 2010 | Competition: League | Attendance: 200
Man Of Match: Sean Sonner
Starting Line Up
- Ricky Perks
- Dean Harper
- Danny Murphy
- James Duncan
- Chris Seeby
- Yiadom Yeboah
- Steve Sinclair
- Sam Bateman
- Sean Sonner
- Simon Martin
- Paul Edgeworth
Goals from Dean Harper, Sean Sonner and Chris Seeby after Yiadom Yeboah's first-half sending off, helped ten-man Slough fight back from a three-goal deficit to rescue a point against the Adders.
It was Slough who started the game quite brightly in the opening moments of the match, but failed to create any real chances early on.
On the other hand Atherstone had rarely threatened in the early stages, but took the lead with their first real attack of the match. Slough failed to clear the ball twice in defensive areas and striker Simeon Smith poked the ball past goalkeeper Ricky Perks into the net from close range.
Moments later Slough had a chance to level the match when a mazy run from Sean Sonner saw the striker fire just over Nathan Woakes bar.
Three minutes after the away side doubled their lead with an almost identical goal to the first. More poor Rebels defending left Smith again with time and space in the penalty area to score his second of the match.
With the Rebels not knowing what had hit them and the away side full of confidence Darren Fulford’s young team began to dominate the match for a ten-minute period.
During this spell things went from bad to worse for Steve Bateman’s men as first defender Yiadom Yeboah picked-up his second yellow card and was sent-off following a pull-back on Smith. Then from the resulting free-kick Tom Weale scored the Adders third.
With the match looking all but over Slough gave themselves a glimmer of hope when a free-kick from Danny Murphy was headed into the net by Dean Harper to reduce the deficit.
Just before half-time though the away side could have added a fourth when Perks was adjudged to have fouled Smith in the area. The penalty from Luke Keen was fired well over the Rebels crossbar.
In-fact minutes after Atherstone could and probably should have had another penalty only to see their appeals waved away by the match referee.
Slough with nothing to lose in the second-half started brightly, with Sonner put through on goal early on only to be denied by a fine save by Woakes.
Atherstone then had a similar chance soon after when Stuart Hendrie - brother of former Aston Villa midfielder Lee was put through on goal, only to be denied by Perks.
Following this chance Slough took complete control of the match and it was hard to tell who had the ten-men as the home side dominated.
They could have reduced the away side’s lead when another free-kick by Murphy was met yet again by Harper. Woakes saved well with the ball hitting captain Paul Edgeworth and going just wide.
Despite the home sides dominance the Rebels were hit the odd time on the break and only a superb block on the line by substitute Kyle Jeffrey stopped the Adders going further ahead following a shot from Keen.
Slough were certainly piling on the pressure at this stage of the match and were denied once again when a long-ball into the area found Murphy in space. His effort looked to be going in until Woakes somehow got a hand to the ball to divert it to safety.
Slough were not to be denied though and pulled a goal back with just under twenty minutes remaining after a penalty was given following a handball in the area. Striker Sonner stepped-up only to see his shot saved, but the former Boreham Wood striker was on hand to fire home the rebound – game on!
Chances then fell to striker Garry Sippetts and Sonner again before the Rebels finally forced their deserved equaliser. New signing Chris Seeby rose highest to meet an outswinging Murphy corner and level the scores.
In the remaining minutes the lively Sippetts almost won the game for the Rebels, but despite an excellent comeback with 10-men Slough will certainly feel they have dropped points in their quest for a play-off position.
Atherstone Town: Woakes, Banks, Dineen, Johnson, Perry (c), Weale, Amory, Keen, Smith, Hendrie, Roscorla. Subs: Apps, Belford, Nadat, Brown, Webb