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The Vanarama National League South
3rd
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Woods Hammer Rebels

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Att: 418
Northwood
S Fitzgerald (47, 70), D Butler (56), C Moore (73), Knight (90)
5 - 1
Slough Town
Williams (12)
Ryan Spencer
Slough supporters left Northwood Park stadium very disappointed on Saturday after the Rebels suffered their heaviest defeat of the season with a truly awful performance against the league leaders.

Yes, Northwood were very good - but it was the manner of the defeat that hurt more than anything. There was a lack of passion and desire to win from a high majority of the Rebels players. Yet it all started so positively for Slough, as they took the game to their hosts early on with Tony Boot heading a Michael Gilkes cross just past the post.

They did take the lead on twelve minutes when another cross from Gilkes was headed back across goal by Ryan Spencer and hammered left footed into the net from Ryan Williams. Strangely after getting the lead the Rebels began to look for the long ball instead of passing the ball along the ground and getting the ball wide to the wings as they had done so successfully in recent matches.

This clearly played into Northwood's hands as both Boot and Sammy Winston were going to win nothing against the tall Northwood defence. Therefore the home side soon took control of the match. They had two good chances to equalise when Danny Yeoman saw his shot cleared off the line by Dean Palmer and then Chris Moore's shot was cleared from the danger area by Nick Gyoury.

Amazingly Slough could have taken a two-goal lead in the second half when Tony Boot saw his lob hit the crossbar and rebound to safety. Just a minute after that 'Wood were back on level terms when Yeoman crossed the ball into the area and Scott Fitzgerald beat McCann to the ball and headed it into the net.

The home side then went in front when a corner into the penalty area was headed into the net by Danny Butler. The home side were now buoyant and went two-goals ahead when the league's top scorer, Scott Fitzgerald scored a goal after flicking the ball past both Gyoury and Steve Daly and confidently volleying the ball into the net.

The Rebels were all over the place and it was no surprise when Northwood added a fourth when Moore shot into an unguarded net from the edge of the penalty area. Northwood made it 5-1 in the final minute when former Aylesbury striker Kieran Knight shot into the corner of the net after the Rebels defence failed to clear the ball.

The only good thing to come out of the match was that hopefully the Slough players will learn that despite how much talent the side has, that will not alone get you promotion in this league. You need to work hard and grind out results even if you are playing badly.

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