Slough gain first point at Uxbridge
Smith (pen 58)
Date: Tuesday, August 20th 2013 | Competition: League | Attendance: 238
Man Of Match: Warren Harris
Starting Line Up
- Jake Somerville
- Sean Fraser
- Ryan Lake
- Guy Hollis
- Adam Foulser
- Ben Edwards
- Ollie Burgess
- Jamie McClurg
- Edward Smith
- Darren Wheeler
- Warren Harris
Ed Smith scored the first Slough goal under new joint managers Neil Baker and Jon Underwood, but Craig Tomkins' equaliser ultimately earned Uxbridge a point.
Slough welcomed back last season's top scorer Smith, although the striker was not fully fit and was replaced towards the end of the match. He was partnered by Warren Harris, with Darren Wheeler also in an advanced role to support.
Uxbridge carried the greater threat early on, with Woods bursting through on the right and shooting wide under pressure. Slough’s first chance was side footed wide by Smith, after great work from Harris on the left.
The hosts again caused alarm in the Slough box with a whipped cross from the left which was touched behind for a corner. Harris, meanwhile, tested Elston-Bull for the first time with a curling effort from the edge of the box.
Slough were grateful to Sean Fraser shortly after, the full-back making a super block in the goalmouth after the dangerous Woods had rounded Jake Somerville, before the Slough stopper kept out a fierce strike at his near post from Woods after the striker was played in by Kabamba.
Slough were awarded a penalty towards the end of the first half, as Wheeler ran into the box before being sandwiched by two Uxbridge defenders. Wheeler stepped up to take the kick, but Elston-Bull guessed correctly, diving to his left to keep the ball out.
Whilst the first half was an even contest, Slough had the better of the second. Harris drilled wide from distance after good work from Wheeler, before Smith hit the post and then had another shot blocked in the goalmouth by the arm of defender Wambeek, with referee Ernie Moore waving away strong appeals for a penalty.
However, the Rebels were awarded a second spot kick soon after. The excellent Wheeler, who emerged as the star player of the second half, showed good trickery to keep the ball in play and find Harris, who back-heeled it to Jamie McClurg on the byline. McClurg was upended by a rash tackle as he tried to play a square pass, leaving Moore no choice. This time, Smith stepped up to take the kick and made no mistake, converting confidently, high into the net, registering the first goal under new managers Neil Baker and Jon Underwood.
Wheeler almost created a second for Slough, but Uxbridge equalised through Craige Tomkins. The ball was played across to him by Woods after he took a superb touch to take him past two Slough defenders, and the substitute drilled a shot into the bottom corner past Somerville from just inside the box. It was a goal which halted Slough’s momentum and gave Uxbridge the impetus to push on and look for a winning goal.
Slough almost grabbed a second when Harris burst clear on the right side of the box, but his strike was saved by the outstretched leg of Elston-Bull. Slough applied pressure in the closing stages to no avail, with Elston-Bull making one final superb save in the final moments of the game from substitute Aaron Couch, whose volley from the edge of the box was destined for the bottom corner but for his intervention.
Uxbridge: Elston-Bull, Otira, Wallace, Fitzgerald (c), Wambeek, Warner (Kanek), Kabamba (Hamilton), Julienne, Woods, Knight, Smith (Tomkins). Sub not used: Connor.