Wood And Rebels Set For Replay

Slough Town

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Stowell (12)
Boreham Wood

Boreham Wood

Marshall (16)
FA Trophy Attendance: 1221 Matt Stowell
MATTHEW Stowell's first goal for the Rebels was the highlight of what was otherwise a dour Trophy tie at Wexham Park on Saturday.

Stowell snapped up the chance that fell to him in a goalmouth scramble following Danny Bolt's corner in the 12th minute to scoop the ball into the net from just a few yards out.

Slough fans, who had seen their side escape a couple of early scares, might have been forgiven for thinking that now the floodgates would open as the lower league side would be demoralised to fall behind after such a bright start.

And just two minutes later a good ball from Paul Hardyman almost set Lloyd Owusu up for a second, but keeper Martin Taylor came out quickly to save and Danny Bolt's follow-up effort was cleared off the line by Garry Nisbet.

But Boreham Wood showed why they are so well placed in the Ryman Premier this season and kept working to make life hard for the Rebels, who were lining up in unfamiliar style without Garry Smart or Gary McGinnis.

And on 16 minutes Shaun Marshall's long range effort took a crazy deflection and went looping high over goalkeeper Paul Wilkerson's head and looped in just under the crossbar for the equaliser.

The Rebels were rattled now, and seemed to lose their shape too easily and found it hard to get past possibly the biggest back four that has been seen at the park.

With Owusu and Gary Abbott the targets up front, there was a tendency to go for the long ball forward that were easily picked off.

By the second half the home side had the better of what chances there were, Danny Bolt coming closest to putting the Rebels ahead when his shot was tipped wide by Taylor, but mostly it was a tale of frustration for fans and players alike.

The introduction of Corey Browne in place of Abbott on 67 minutes was one way to deal with that, as Browne showed himself typically willing to take defenders on, but still the pressure brought little reward, other than a penalty appeal with less than ten minutes left after a defender appeared to handle Gary Brazil's cross from the right - nothing was given.

Boreham Wood will have felt they earned their draw, but in truth it was a below par performance from the Rebels that allowed them their second crack.

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