Rebels draw at Egham
O'Toole (24), Houghton (46)
Smith (pen 23), Blount (48)
Date: Saturday, September 28th 2013 | Competition: League | Attendance: 267
Man Of Match: Jamie McClurg
Starting Line Up
- Jake Somerville
- Sean Fraser
- Michael Blount
- Guy Hollis
- David Woozley
- Ollie Burgess
- Johnnie Dyer
- Jamie McClurg
- Edward Smith
- Darren Wheeler
- Warren Harris
Slough and Egham shared the spoils at Runnymede Stadium in an entertaining contest which saw both sides finish with ten men.
Coming into the game in a rich vein of form, Slough were looking to make it four league wins in a row, but were dealt an early blow in the first minute when Ed Smith was shown a yellow card for a rash challenge, which put him ‘on notice’ for the remainder of the game.
Slough gained momentum and after Ollie Burgess saw a shot pushed wide by Egham keeper Gary Ross, the Rebels spurned two great chances. First, Smith failed to get enough power on an attempted chip over Ross, and then the top scorer squared for Johnnie Dyer, whose shot was saved by Ross.
Midway through the first half though, Slough got the goal they had been threatening. Egham skipper Jim Ward was dismissed for deliberate handball as Dyer’s strike looked destined for the net, and Smith stepped up to score his tenth of the season, confidently dispatching the penalty past Ross.
But just a minute later, Egham were level as Slough were caught cold, and former Rebels marksman Ryan O’Toole scored with a crisp left foot strike.
The red card and equalising goal seemed to galvanise the hosts, who ended the first half the better side, with Slough guilty of surrendering possession time after time with a succession of high balls which were easily dealt with by the Egham defence. Indeed, the hosts could have gone in to the half time break ahead, but Chandler-Joseph skied a shot over the bar and the hosts also had a headed effort ruled out for offside.
Scott Harris replaced the injured Dyer at half time, and more drama was to follow in the opening minutes of the second half. Egham took the lead as a monster throw from Chris Ellis, who caused havoc with every delivery, ended up in Jake Somerville’s goal via a deflection from Guy Hollis.
Within a couple of minutes though, Slough were level in this topsy-turvy game, as Michael Blount headed a Darren Wheeler corner into the top corner of Ross’s goal to make it 2-2.
Smith side footed wide after good work from Jamie McClurg on the left, but as Slough were looking to push forward and take the lead, a poor tackle from Warren Harris on Ryan O’Toole was punished with a straight red card, which will result in a three match suspension for the in-form winger.
The game was open at this point, and Somerville had to make a smart save to keep out a header from another of Ellis’s long throws. Chandler-Joseph later fired over from a good position after good work from O’Toole to create the opening.
Late on, Slough spurned several golden chances to win the game. McClurg got too much on his shot from the edge of the box as the ball fell to him from a Hollis long throw, and a minute later, Smith shot wide with Scott Harris well placed in the middle.
In the dying seconds, Blount came agonisingly close to securing all three points for Slough, but he narrowly failed to make contact with the ball in the six yard box as he dived in.
Egham Town: Gary Ross, Joshua Andrews, Jake Gailbraith, James Ward (c), Chris Ellis, Kyle Anthony, Louis Chandler-Joseph, Jamie Houghton, Jamie Read, Ryan O'Toole, Maurice Harkin. Subs: Patrick Craig, Joe Chandiram, Luke Muldowney, Reis Stanislaus, Shane Graham.