Last-gasp Swift penalty wins the points for Slough

Bedfont Town

Bedfont Town

Hart (81)
Slough Town

Slough Town

Sonner (47), Swift (pen 90+2)
League Attendance: 259 Yiadom Yeboah
Slough Town moved to the top of the fledgling Zamaretto Central division as Stuart Swift's stoppage-time penalty secured a deserved win for the Rebels, who were almost made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal at Bedfont.

Slough started off with real purpose, looking to build on the opening day victory over Barton, and Danny Murphy was wide with a long-range dipping effort.

Murphy was in the thick of the action soon after as a super low ball into the box just evaded Sonner and Sippetts, and another Murphy cross from the left side of the box was dropped by home goalkeeper Ross, who was lucky that nobody in an amber shirt was in close proximity.

Bedfont were forced into replacing the experienced centre-back Fergus Moore through injury, and the Rebels kept up the pressure with Stuart Swift chesting down and firing wide from 20 yards, before Shaun Sonner’s attempted lob skimmed the outside of the post after the striker was put clean through on goal.

The hosts threatened rarely, and the closest they came to a goal was a shot from Ochoa from the edge of the box, but Jackson got down easily to save.

After a frustrating first half, Slough found the breakthrough they had been looking for with just two minutes of the second half played. Steve Sinclair’s low angled drive was parried by Ross into the path of Sonner, who did the rest from inside the six yard box.

Minutes later, Sippetts went agonisingly close to doubling his side’s lead. Shaun Sonner, involved in creating many of Slough’s best chances, flicked the ball round the corner for Sippetts to run onto, but the striker’s fierce effort smashed against the post from a tight angle.

As Slough attacks became as frequent as aircraft coming in to land at nearby Heathrow airport, Sinclair failed to connect properly in front of goal, Yeboah thundered a headed effort wide, and Sonner’s snap shot from Swift’s cross was saved brilliantly by Ross.

Substitute Simon Martin, on for Garry Sippetts, saw an effort ruled out for offside as Slough failed to grab the killer second goal – and with nine minutes remaining, Bedfont looked to have made Slough pay for their wastefulness by scoring after a rare attack. Midfielder Hart rifled in a low shot from the right hand side of the box, giving Jamie Jackson no chance.

However, Slough finally registered the goal which deservedly won them the match two minutes into stoppage time. Simon Martin recieved the ball following good work from Chris Seeby, and was tripped in the box as the Rebels poured bodies forward. Stuart Swift stepped forward to coolly send Ross the wrong way from the penalty spot with almost the final kick of the game.

Bedfont Town Lineup

Ross, Walters, L Grant, Moore (R Grant), Ward, Ochoa, Williams, C McClusky, Lataille (Chakadoza), Miner, Hart. Subs not used: Bates, Samuel, G McClusky.


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