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Super Sayer somehow saves Slough

Slough Town

Slough Town

Bushay (75), Sayer (90)


Wingfield (11 pen)
League Attendance: 716 Andy Sayer
Andy Sayer left the Wexham Park pitch on Tuesday as the only Rebel to emerge with anything approaching credit from one of their luckiest wins for several seasons.

Sayer popped up with the clock ticking towards injury time to bravely head home a Mark West cross and complete a comeback which had not looked possible even three minutes previously.

Despite facing ten men for the majority of the game after the 38th minute sending off of Danny Brooker for a scathing tackle on Blackman, Slough were very much the poor relations of the game and must have gone home wondering how they ever managed to steal what may prove to be an essential three points.

The sharp Kingstonians had the home side reeling with their efficient and speedy counter-attacks right from the opening minutes, though their only goal - in the 11th minute owed more to luck than judgement, as De Souza appeared to trip over the ball in the area, Mr Webb of Wokingham deciding that a penalty was necessary. Wingfield converted the penalty with ease, and the official got no better as the evening wore on.

The Rebels never managed to get anywhere near the Ks' goal, largely due to the fact every member of their back four was over six feet tall. But even when they showed the initiative to keep the ball on the ground, no pass seemed to reach its target and no one player wanted to take control of proceedings.

The visitors could have made it two on 35 minutes, but Bunting ably dealt with a sprinting De Souza after he had left the defence for dead. By contrast, Sayer's shot was the only Rebel effort on target for the entire 43 minutes and even then barely required Root to break sweat.

So often did the brilliant Wingfield have Clement and Connor grounded with a mazy run; so often could the cries of frustration be heard around the ground that promotion looked further off than ever.

But Slough seem to have a habit of silencing their critics and did so again in the second-half; not through any particular skill, or even half-decent attacking but through two goals which earned three points. It was that simple.

Almost as soon as the barracking began, they at last delivered the goods with a couple of near misses that instilled a little hope amongst the despairing crowd. First, the ball skimmed off West and onto the underside of the crossbar with players flying in from all angles.

Then, Blackman found enough space in the area to actually try a shot - they still haven't found the ball. Lee was closer but just wide of the post from 25 yards on 74 minutes and then in 30 brilliant seconds they got it right.

Bushay equalised as he squeezed a shot past the hobbling Root from Sayer's delivery, and then Leo himself (who else?) saved the day.

Don't ask me how they did it; they just did. But let's hope Enfield - who won 8-1 on the same night - didn't send anybody to watch this one, or they won't be able to believe their luck.

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