Second Half Strikes Motor Slough To Victory

Ford Utd

Ford Utd

Slough Town

Slough Town

Ullathorne (54), Bartley (80)
League Attendance: 207 Steve Mautone
After a win against Whyteleafe and a draw against Thame Slough hoped to continue their good form at Barkingside's Oatside Stadium against high flying Ford United. The Rebels were forced into changes with Michael Gilkes injured and Veli Hakki suspended. Darron Wilkinson and Junior Haynes replaced the absentees.

Slough started the brighter of the two sides on a very heavy pitch covered with sand. Simon Ullathorne had a deflected free kick well saved in the opening minutes by Ford's goalkeeper Jimmy Chapman. Soon after they had another chance when Michael Bartley caught Jay Devereux on the ball and played Junior Haynes through on goal, but Haynes shot was well blocked by the Ford defence for a corner.

From that corner Bartley headed just over after Chapman misjudged Haynes corner. At this stage Both sides were finding it hard to put passes together on the poor pitch. Ford had their first chance midway through the first half. Danny Benstock found himself with space on the left hand side of the area, his shot looked to be heading towards the bottom corner until Mautone got a had to the ball to clear the danger.

The Rebels looked fairly comfortable as Ford came back into the match and despite Ford having a lot of possession, it was the Rebels who were still creating the chances. Simon Ullathorne had a volley just over after Graham Kemp's cross and then on the stroke of half-time Bartley somehow missed from five yards out after good play by Haynes set the striker up.

Just four minutes after the break Slough had a golden chance to take the lead. A short corner from Haynes found Paul Barrowcliff in space. His quick cross in was flicked on by Ullathorne but Clement James waiting at the far post somehow missed the ball when it looked easier to score. The Rebels were not to be denied the goal they thoroughly deserved. James sent a long ball across field to Haynes who beat Ben Willis and crossed in for Ullathorne who headed goalwards. The header was straight at Chapman, but somehow the keeper managed to let the ball slip through his grasp and the ball rolled over the line.

Slough then sat back and Ford came back at the Rebels. The home side had a good spell of pressure for twenty minutes, but were restricted to only a few efforts at goal one of those chances coming with Willis heading over the bar unchallenged. Their real chance to equalise came with twenty minutes remaining when Stott was harshly adjudged to have handballed in the area.

Former Enfield midfielder Jason Geraghty saw his low penalty brilliantly saved by Steve Mautone diving to his left. The Rebels now buoyant after Mautone's save began to play some neat football and were rewarded with a killer second goal ten minutes from time. Barrowcliff crossed in from the left and a unmarked Bartley stooped to head past a helpless Chapman to the relief of the noisy traveling support.

Clement James could have made the game safe only minutes later. He beat Leli Bejeda with ease but shot well over the bar with substitute Dominic Gentle waiting for a simple tap in. In the remaining minutes the Rebels successfully held the ball in the corners and Slough recorded a thoroughly deserved victory.

Ford Utd Lineup

Chapman, Willis, Wood, Woodward, Salmon, Devereux, Garaghty, Benstock, Bejeda, Rose, Miller. Subs: Highway, Ansibia, West


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