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The Vanarama National League South

Farnborough blitz sorry Rebels



Harkness (7), Spence (28), Roach (41), Carter (60), Ciardini (63)
Slough Town

Slough Town

League Attendance: 504 Richard Barnard
Slough Town suffered a heavy defeat at old Conference rivals Farnborough, whose overall performance gave the impression that they will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season’s title race.

The Hampshire side were always in control and asserted their dominance early on. Livewire striker Ray Spence was a constant menace, and forced an early save from Richard Barnard from close range. Spence also blazed well over from close range a few minutes later after a dangerous low cross from the left.

A goal seemed imminent, and it duly arrived in the 7th minute. Paul Harkness was on hand to nod a close-range effort past Barnard after the ball had been headed back into the danger area from outside the box.

Soon after, Slough started to play some football of their own and young Thomas Attrell forced a good save from Beazley in the home goal. Jon Ellis played Attrell in, but his low effort was saved by the keeper’s legs.

Ray Spence doubled Farnborough’s lead in the 28th minute following a lightning-quick break. A long pass was played straight past the Slough defence, with Murphy unable to get his toe to the ball to intercept. Spence’s lightning pace took him through on goal, and he finished with aplomb into the roof of the net.

Farnborough continued to suppress Slough’s efforts to get back into the game, with the visitors relying on Lee Charles up front to provide most of the attacking threat, with his young strike partner Stanley Mugisha looking a little lost.

The hosts made it 3-0 and effectively game over, four minutes before half time. A corner kick from the left wing was floated in, and former Rebel Neville Roach, recently signed permanently from Maidenhead United, was completely free at the far post to head home via both posts, the ball eventually rolling over the line.

The second half saw no real change to the momentum of the game, with Slough second-best and Farnborough continuing to press forwards. Spence forced Barnard into another great save, before Roach put the ball wide following a dangerous through ball.

Farnborough’s fourth goal also had a touch of class about it. After Slough failed to clear, right-back Carter lashed in at an angle from the edge of the box, past the stranded Barnard.

Slough’s only effort in the second half came from the left boot of Michael Murphy. A free kick was touched off to him 30 yards out, but his piledriver was held easily by Beazley.

Slough tried to freshen things up by giving Raj Gill some match experience in place of Attrell, but Farnborough scored a fifth through Ciardini, only a matter of minutes after he had arrived onto the pitch. A whipped cross from the right was superbly drilled home at the far post to wrap up the scoring and leave Slough staring at another heavy defeat.

Farnborough Lineup

Beazley, Carter, Bailey, Woozley (c) (Thurgood 73'), Evans, Rumbold, Riddell (Stevens 62'), Townsend (Ciardini 61'), Roach, Harkness, Spence. Subs not used: Dell, Gray.


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