Hodges Strike Maintains Momentum

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A second-half goal from striker Ian Hodge kept the Rebels promotion hopes alive after an important win against title chasers Lewes at Stag Meadow.

The home side started brightly and created an excellent chance after only a few minutes when a pass from Ryan Williams found Ian Hodge free inside the area. Hodge hit a shot unchallenged when he had more time and former Slough goalkeeper Dominique Jean-Zepherin saved with ease.

Lewes began to dominate possession, but did not look very dangerous with Steve Daly and Michael Murphy in particular excellent at the heart of the Rebels defence.

They had a great chance to take the lead though when Rebels skipper Daly saw a cross from Dwaine Clarke hit Skipper Daly on the arm with the deferee awarding a penalty.

After the protests were waved away top scorer Lee Newman stepped up and hit his penalty low to goalkeeper Alan Foster's left. He guessed correctly and the penalty was saved.

Soon after the Rebels were dealt a blow when Ryan Williams hobbled off to be replaced by Alex Haddow. Williams started the game brightly, but the introduction of Haddow could have been a turning point as he comfortably dealt with Lewes dangerman Peter Adeniyi who caused Slough problems down the right until the introduction of the former Reading man.

Just before half-time Slough had another great opportunity to take the lead just before half-time when Tony Boot found himself with only Jean-Zepherin to beat but he tried to be to cute with his effort and the former Rebels goalkeeper saved with ease.

In the second-half chances were few and far between again, but it was the home side who took the lead in the fifty-eighth minute when Veli Hakki found Glen Harris out wide. Harris' cross eluded Jean-Zepherin allowing Ian Hodge to head home and Stag Meadow went mad!

Slough had further chances to add to their lead with Hodge and Harris both denied by Jean-Zepherin with smart stops.

Although Lewes were attacking the Rebels they failed to create many chances and if anything it looked more like the Rebels would add to their lead on the counter attack.

The last five minutes were hectic as Slough wisely tried to hold the ball in the corners, but one last scramble in the Rebels penalty area had a few hearts-in-mouths, but the danger was cleared by Michael Murphy as Slough held on for a vital win.

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