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Rebels Pick Up First Win Of The Season

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Att: 278
Bromley
0 - 3
Slough Town
Thompson (33) Haynes (53) Peter Holsgrove (80)
Peter Holsgrove
After two opening defeats in the Rebels opening Ryman Division One campaign, Slough hoped to turn their fortunes on a blistering hot day against Dave Garland's Bromley side.
With Andy Deaner injured and Paul Coombs suspended, the Rebels started out with Tony Thompson and Clement James in attack, and new signing Peter Holsgrove playing just behind the front two.

And straight from the off, the new formation looked effective with James' trickery and Thompson's pace causing the Bromley back line all sorts of problems.

But it was Bromley who had the ball in the net first despite the Rebels good start with Moses Junju pushing the ball home, but the striker was correctly called offside.

Moments after the disallowed goal, both sides had to make substitutions with injuries to Mark Garland for Bromley and Graham Kemp for Slough. Kemp was replaced by Barry Rake.

And it was Rake who helped Slough open the scoring after 33 minutes. His run down the right saw him take the ball past three players. He played the ball to James, whose curling effort hit the post, only for Thompson to follow up and score his first goal for the club - and Slough's first of the new campaign.

Only four minutes later they could have added a second when all James needed to do was pull the ball back to Rake for a free shot, but James held onto the ball too long and was dispossessed.

Slough were nearly left to rue that miss. On thirty seven minutes a free-kick by Kevin Smith on the halfway line eluded everybody and bounced over Steve Mautone, to clip the top of the bar.

On this hot day, Slough looked a little tired as half time drew closer and Smith again nearly grabbed an equaliser after a quick free-kick, but he shot straight at Mautone.

The Rebels were forced into changes immediately after half-time with Tony Thompson and Clement James replaced at half-time suffering from heat-exhaustion.

This saw Slough push Peter Holsgrove and Junior Haynes up front with Lee Archer filling in a left wing role and Eddie Denton in at right back with Rake moved into midfield.

And despite the setback of losing two players the new formation suited Slough.

They dominated the second half and only eight minutes into the half they doubled their lead.

Rake ran at the Bromley defence and passed to Peter Holsgrove who crossed left footed for Haynes to stab the ball home.

At this stage of the match the Rebels were well on top passing the ball well and making the ball do the work with Paul Holsgrove, Steve Stott and Steve Daly commanding at the back and Veli Hakki and Paul Barrowcliff bossing the midfield.

They had more opportunities to add to their tally.

Peter Holsgrove shot weakly at the keeper' after being played in by Haynes midway through the half. Barrowcliff then scuffed his shot just wide from the edge of the area and then Haynes missed a 'sitter' after Archer played the ball across goal.

On eighty minutes though they did add their third. Haynes crossed from the left to Denton, who pulled the ball back for Peter Holsgrove to slot the ball into the net for the goal he deserved.

Immediately after the goal the Rebels were reduced to ten men with Barry Rake forced to go off with a suspected hamstring injury.

But with ten men the Rebels still looked in control and should have added a fourth when Archer crossed for Peter Holsgrove, but the striker tried a spectacular bicycle kick 10 yards out when with a header he surely would have scored.

Bromley Line up

Harwood, Clark, Smith, Nicholas, Garland, Bowen, Myatt, Wilfort, Side, Junju, Francis Subs: Gibson, Silk, Watts

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