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Slough Town Juniors: Weekend round-up

It was a busy weekend for Slough Town Juniors boys and girls, with five teams in action.

16/09/19


Saturday brought about the first game of the season for Slough Town U11 girls. It was a very hot day and unfortunately due to 11+ exam commitments we had a very small squad! However, the girls kept motivating and encouraging each other, especially our captain!

By half time the girls were leading and looked to be picking up the outstanding form they finished off on last season. During the second half legs started to tire in the heat, but neither team gave up. Very well done to see out the first half explosive score line and very well defended by all the girls - an area which we needed to improve on! The pre-season tournament against the boys really helped us.

The early starts are finally back for the U13 girls, and what a way to start the season.

An away game against Maidenhead and our first game since being promoted into Division 1. A few new faces joined the girls from last season. After a few tough lessons over the summer everything came together. The passing moves and the physical display were superb. Everyone won their individual battles and showed massive progress from last season. Once we started to dominate possession goals were looking likely, and plenty of them.

A few powerful headers and lightning strikes saw us go in 6-1 up at half time. It was a slower start to the second half but after conceding a second the ball didn't come into our half. It was attack after attack. The opposition couldn't handle us and eventually we managed to break down a solid Maidenhead defence and chipped in three more goals. It would have been more if it wasn't for a fantastic effort by the Maidenhead goalkeeper.

Slough Town U15 boys welcomed Marlow Royals to Mercian Park for their first home game of the season. Slough started well and got straight on the front foot without really creating chances. Twenty minutes in, a long throw from Taylor was headed in by Joseph to give the Rebels the lead. Five minutes later Slough were awarded a penalty, however the Marlow keeper saved well. Marlow then grabbed an equaliser on the stroke of half time to make it 1-1.

The second half saw three Slough players pick up injuries which put Marlow very much in command and but for three excellent saves from Dylan, Marlow should have been ahead. Just as it looked like a superb defensive display had earned us a point, Marlow scored in the final minute. It was a great battling display in the second half from Slough, but well done to Marlow who took their chance at the end to win it 2-1.

The new U10 boys were away to Cookham in their first game of the season. They produced some great phases of play, which have been practiced in training sessions. Cookham battled very hard and played the ball out from the back very well, so Slough had to be patient to win the ball back. Some very good team goals followed and overall it was a fantastic start.

Slough Town U14 boys were unlucky in their match. A tight first half finished 1-1, but Slough were unfortunate not to take more of the many chances they created. They were defeated 2-4 and conceded two fantastic long range strikes. There was a lot to be proud of, and game by game they are making huge improvements. Sadly, the result didn't match the effort or performance, but there are huge positives going forward.

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