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The Vanarama National League South

Croydon Beat Rebels

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Att: 115
1 - 0
Slough Town
Darron Wilkinson
Slough Town returned to the Croydon Arena for the first time in two years where the Rebels already had less than happy memories after effectively getting relegated at the ground.

Their thoughts of the place were not improved on Saturday as the away side crashed to a sloppy one-goal defeat.

In the cold, wet and windy conditions the Rebels struggled early on and lost captain Steve Daly through injury yet again with a re-occurance of his hamstring strain.

He was playing his first senior match since returning to fitness. Adrian Brown, sent off against Dulwich Hamlet last week, replaced the Rebels’ skipper.

In the Slough Town defence alone, Denton has worries over the fitness of Daly, Nick Gyoury and Paul Barrowcliff and is already one defender short after Anthony Howard left the club for Hendon three weeks ago.

The Rebels’ substitute was in for a busy time as the three defenders were constantly out-paced by the Croydon forward line of Andy Frith and Sean Campbell.

But nevertheless it was the Rebels who came closest to opening the scoring in a poor first half when striker Matt Miller latched onto a loose backpass. He rounded the goalkeeper but saw his shot hit the post and rebound to safety.

In the second half it was Croydon who looked the more likely team to score with Frith testing goalkeeper Alan Foster twice from outside the penalty area.

Miller again nearly got the breakthrough for the Rebels when a corner from Alex Haddow was headed by the forward but was adjudged to have been saved on the line by Croydon goalkeeper John Odlum – despite obvious protests of the Rebels’ players and supporters.

From then on Croydon looked dangerous when a cross from Campbell saw Frith free at the back post. He headed past Foster into the net as the Rebels suffered their third defeat in as many games.

Croydon Line up

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