Rebels Ruin K's Grand Opening



Slough Town

Slough Town

Bateman, Johnson (pen)
League Attendance: 814 Trevor How
Slough Town became the first ever team to win at Kingsmeadow Stadium, the plush new home of Kingstonian, with a two goal blast in the second half.

With the "Ks" fired up to gain victory in the first match at their new sta¬dium, it was a rather for-tunate Rebels team that returned with three points. Two pieces of shrewd intelligence by Tommy Langley enabled Slough to snatch the points after going a goal down after 26 minutes.

The game kicked off on a hot afternoon, the pitch was in good condition and with 814 people packing in, the stage was set. Slough were still missing Mark Hill and Neal Stanley was relegated to the bench in place of Gary Dodd, who was facing his old team mates.

Langley almost got Slough off to a good start when he robbed full back Nelmes only to see his effort go wide. Kingstonian gradually got on top, but with the defence holding firm and How playing well behind the back four, they were restricted to fruit¬less crosses.

But soon Kingstonian had gained the lead with a goal to grace any occasion. Ex-Rebel Jimmy Brown found himself set up in front of goal, but as he tried to turn, Connor put in a vital tackle. The ball ran to Andy Dear on the edge of the Slough box and he took one step and fired a magnificent low curling shot past Bunting.

Four minutes later, Power, the Kingstonian keeper, dived to tip Steve Thompson's effort wide.
The game changed face in the 40th minute, when Power broke his wrist after being kicked by Ex-Chelsea powerhouse Micky Droy in a goal-mouth scramble and was taken off.

Kempton took over between the sticks and saw the home side through to half time. Slough started the second half by dominating the midfield, but didn't penetrate enough to pressure the stand-in keeper.

Despite Dodd and Adams both going close, the Rebels showed some early season jitters as their moves quickly broke down and the home side pushed forward in search of a further goal to protect their slender lead.

Suddenly the Kingstonian defence went to pieces, with Thompson finding space to run at the tiring Droy and the long ball catching out the full backs. Bird mistimed a header and Langley ran on, but in¬stead of crossing immediately he intelligently let the ball run off for a corner, in order to let the Slough men get into the box.

From the resulting corner, which was half cleared by Droy, Jeff Bateman jumped to head home. Then two minutes later, Langley's flick set Thompson free. He dribbled into the box and beat three defenders before- setting up Dell, whose effort was handled away by defender Nelmes.

The referee had no option but to award a penalty and Robbie Johnson stepped up to fire home. How struck the side netting shortly afterwards, but Kingstonian regained their composure and started to push menacingly for the equaliser.

Dear missed with a header from point blank range and Smith's follow-up was well saved by Bunting, but Slough hung on to steal the points to get off to a good start.

Kingstonian Lineup


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