Our year ended with a 6-4 defeat away to Hampton & Richmond Borough Disability, but there were plenty of positives to take from the match.
Despite the torrential rain our game went ahead on a 3G pitch, whilst the first team game was postponed nearby.
We took the lead when Dan Gealy put Abdi Mohamud through and he went round the advancing keeper and passed the ball into the net.
Despite two fine long range goals from Tudor Papuc and Mo Farah, we went in level at the break 3-3, not helped by conceding a very dubious penalty.
I had changed to a back 3 for this fixture with a change of goalkeeper and as we used the second half to utilise substitutes, our pattern, energy and effort diminished.
We conceded three more goals before a Paul Wade penalty, after Gideon Assuming was brought down after a mazy run past five opponents.
Slough dominated most of the match, missed numerous chances, and the opposition keeper was excellent.
We have another couple of fixtures before we play in the SE Counties Quarter-Finals in London in February, where the opposition will include Woking and Sutton United.
We will resume the BOBi league campaign in February, following the mid-season break, as leaders in both League 1 and League 2.
Three single goal victories were enough to defeat Milton Keynes Jaquars, Northampton and Marlow in League 1, with goals from Darrell Baltrop, Tudor Papuc and Dwayne Shaw.
In fact this team, again run superbly in my absence by Nathan Richardson, has seen David Meredith not concede a goal in 35 games, and move 9 points clear at the top.
In League 2, our side leads only by a single point above both Aylesbury and Milton Keynes Ospreys, having lost to Aylesbury 0-1 but beating Northampton 2-0 (Nathaniel Jeffreys, Shawn Harding), Banbury 3-0 (Damien Breslin, Dan Gealy x 2) and MK Ospreys 1-0 (Dan Greene). Sadly our team was involved in a couple of serious altercations in two recent matches in this division, which will not be tolerated by the club whatever the provocation or circumstances, and we have been warned over our future conduct and possible points deducted. Some of our players have to learn quickly that we are seen as the team to beat, and some opponents don't care how they do it.
2019 has been a very successful year for the Community Teams and we look forward to winning more trophies in 2020, whilst enjoying our style of attacking football.
Slough Town Community Team Manager
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