Stoppage Time Winner Earns Pitmen All Three Points

Hednesford Town

Hednesford Town

Carty (57) Ware (90)
Slough Town

Slough Town

Bolt (4)
League Attendance: 1695 Paul Wilkerson
A GOAL deep into stoppage time meant a second consecutive Conference defeat for Slough, after their hosts Hednesford kept at them relentlessly in the second half.

Leading 1-0 at the interval and with Paul Wilkerson having saved a penalty, Slough could afford to be pleassed with their 45 minutes work.

Then, having seen the Pitmen's determination after the restart that brought them an equaliser on the hour mark, the visitors might have decided to be satisfied with a draw. But having defended solidly for long periods and looked dangerous on the break, the Rebels were left with nothing from a tough and exciting fixture.

Slough Town took the lead after just four minutes from a free-kick after. Lloyd Owusu was brought down by Simpson. In a well-worked move, Gary Brazil touched the ball off to Danny Bolt who drove in from 25 yards.
Hednesford reacted promptly, with Slough defenders Matthew Stowell and Cliff Hercules both having to make timely interventions. Midway through the first half, the home side were awarded a penalty after Danny Bailey tripped Paul Carty in the box. Wilkerson, diving to his left, firmly blocked the spot-kick, pushing the ball away and out of danger.

But the Rebels could easily have extended their lead when a clever lob from Brazil, who had spotted the keeper off his line, was just too high, and Paul Hardyman, on the break, put the ball into the side-netting.

Slough looked to be ready to soak up plenty of second-half pressure, as the defence and particularly goalkeeper Wilkerson responded well to the Pitmen's bright start. But the home side made the breakthrough on 57 minutes with a goal out of the top-drawer. Joe O'Connor, wide on the left, found Paul Ware in the centre just outside the area, who pushed it wide to Carty on the right. Carty curled in a dangerous ball that beat Wilkerson and crept into the top far corner of the net. It looked like a cross, but doubtless Carty will say he meant it.

Minutes later, Owusu could have restored the lead for Slough as he beat two defenders to Hardyman's long ball, but he spooned his shot over the bar. From then on, it was a question of hanging on, as Micky Norbury and Robbie Dennison went close and Wilkerson saved brilliantly, from Collins' header.

Slough looked to have done enough to deserve a point, but with two minutes of injury time played, Carty put in one last cross that Ware met with a looping header which sailed over Wilkerson and into the net.

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