The Slough Town PALS team has changed its name to Slough Town Community FC with immediate effect.
When the team was originally founded five years ago by Dave Carpenter, there was some connection with the PALS "disability in sport" organisation that operates from the Stoke Park Trust in Slough. However this has not been the case since and we are solely run and managed as part of Slough Town Football Club, so a new identity seemed appropriate.
Our first match under our new name saw us comfortably defeat Newbury 6-1 at a very blustery and wet Arbour Park a fortnight ago. On 24 minutes Newbury cleared a corner with the ball dropping to Paul Wade, who laid it off for Mohammed Farah to place it into the top corner from outside the box.
An unnecessary mistake by a defender dwelling on the ball gifted Newbury an equaliser before Dwayne Shaw's corner was deflected into his own net by a Newbury defender to restore our lead at half time.
A dominant second half saw Mohammed Farah slot past the keeper at close range before Owen Gareppo was brought down and Mohammed completed his hat trick with a 30 yard free kick. Debutant goalkeeper Yannick Var Prinslay made a couple of fine saves, whilst defender Liam Watson in particular was solid throughout. After an hour a cross from Owen Gareppo was headed in at the far post by Dan Greene before Nathan Richardson completed the scoring with a 40 yard strike.
Yesterday a slightly depleted team lost 4-1 to a physically strong and well organised Woking team. Having gone behind after 16 minutes we went in level at the break thanks to a wonderful mazy run from Dwayne Shaw who, having been put through by Nathaniel Jeffrey, slotted past the keeper from a difficult angle.
We weren't at our best especially in the final third, and once Woking took the lead again early in the second half we seemed to lose all shape and rhythm. With next week's BOBi Tournament in mind, we made several changes including our goalkeeper, to give everyone a run out, and as our defenders dropped too deep and our strikers pushed forward, Woking overran us to score two late goals.
We wish striker Shawn Harding a speedy recovery from a serious knee injury and say farewell and thanks to midfielder James Pope who has moved away from the area.
On Sunday 7th April we have been invited to participate in an 11-a-side tournament being run by AFC Bournemouth which is fantastic news and testament to how far we have progressed.
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