Rebels out of control as Robbo loses to old club

Chesham United

Chesham United

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Slough Town

Slough Town

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Bryan Hammatt was sent off as Slough slumped to their second successive 1-0 defeat, at manager Graham Robert's former club Chesham United. Hammatt, who scored Chesham's goal in their 3-1 defeat at Slough in August, was given his marching orders for a second caution after 39 minutes.

Slough had posed very little threat before Hammatt's dismissal and packed their defence in the second half as the Rebels looked to take a point or nick a win, with Andy Deaner and then substitute Mark Fiore ploughing a lone furrow in Hammatt's absence. They held out until 84 minutes, when Dave Stephenson swooped to clinch the points for Chesham. With several Slough players playing against their former club, the added edge to the local derby led to a total of 10 cautions, with one of these producing Hammatt's early bath.

Hammatt was first into the book after just 90 seconds for clipping Pat Jennings as the Slough striker challenged for the ball with Chesham's famously-named young keeper.

There was more action in the referee's notebook than in front of goal and, on 22 minutes, Slough skipper Graham Kemp was perhaps a little fortunate to only be shown a yellow card for a reckless, two-footed challenge on Chesham's impressive winger Youness Nabil, who came in for some harsh treatment from Slough's defenders.

Chesham's Naseem Bashir and Slough's Chris Seymour were next into the book, on 26 and 27 minutes, then Nabil and Seymour escaped with a ticking off after an altercation on 31 minutes, with Hammatt lucky to stay on temporarily, after he appeared to kick-out at Nabil following the Chesham winger's tussle with Seymour.

Hammatt lasted just eight more minutes, 60 seconds of which was taken up by treatment to Nabil following Hammatt's foul on the tricky wide man. Hammatt then had to be restrained by team mates after he attempted to confront Nabil following his dismissal.

Slough's former Chesham defender Micky Engwell picked up the sixth caution of the first period on the stroke of half-time, with Chesham chairman David Pembroke launching a verbal blast on Slough's physical tactics during the interval.

Luke Brockett, Sammy Winston and Rod McAree evened up the cautions for Chesham after the break, with a booking for Slough's Simon Line bringing the final count to six for the Rebels and four for the home side. Amidst the flurry of cards, both sides did actually attempt to play free-flowing football.

But, with Slough a man down for the entire second-half, Chesham began to exert sustained pressure on the Rebels defence, which held firm until the dying minutes. Nabil's corner was cleared, but the same player crossed back in for Stephenson to head inside the near post for Chesham's winner.

Man of the Match, Nabil, almost added a second Chesham goal in stoppage time but, after beating Chris White and Eddie Denton, he screwed his shot just wide of the far post.

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