Slough Town Community Team 4, Hampton & Richmond Borough Disability 3
With the opposition playing in the Surrey FA Football For All Championship, a step above our level, we knew this would be a stern test of our progress.
A very entertaining game saw the visitors take the lead after 14 minutes only for Slough to equalise within a minute. After Dan Gealy was brought down, a free kick from Paul Wade found Nathan Richardson who volleyed the ball into the roof of the net from close range.
Midfielder Tudor Papuc hit the post with a fine shot before firmly heading in a 20th minute Dwayne Shaw corner.
Although we were beginning to take control, a defensive mix-up allowed Hampton to equalise after 24 minutes and again we gifted them another goal before half time through hesitation and lack of command at the back.
Slough put Hampton under a lot of pressure from the start of the second half, fully deserving to draw level on the hour, thanks to a solo run and finish by Dwayne Shaw cutting in from the left wing.
Four minutes later we took a deserved lead through defender Paul Wade, who was given time and space to push forward before unleashing a low piledriver from 30 yards.
This was the first match this season for both teams, and on a warm day, legs soon became tired. We still required a superb full-length dive from keeper Yannick Var Prinslay to secure our victory moments before the final whistle. Darrell Barltrop impressed on his debut for Slough in midfield, but Tudor Papuc was named Man of the Match.
A very positive start to our season, and in general I was very pleased with our performance.
We look forward to the return fixture at Hampton, again before the first teams meet in December.
Slough Town Community Team Manager
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