Rebels held to a draw at Daventry

Daventry Town

Daventry Town

Confue (14)
Slough Town

Slough Town

Owusu (56)
League Attendance: 243 Stuart Swift
Lloyd Owusu's first goal for Slough in 14 years enabled Steve Bateman's men to leave Communications Park with a share of the spoils as Slough fought back from a goal down after Dan Burnell saw a first half penalty kick saved.

Despite being on top in the early stages, Slough fell behind after 14 minutes. A free-kick was played low into the box, and after a shot was blocked, Adam Confue was afforded too much time and space to place his shot past James Warrington and into the bottom corner – the hosts’ only real effort of note in the first half.

Daventry, struggling at the foot of the table, settled and held Slough at bay fairly comfortably, showing a good work rate to deny the Rebels time on the ball.

Slough, though, were unlucky not to equalise when a linesman ruled that Owusu had headed the ball down to Burnell in an offside position. Paul Coyne went on to find the net, but play had already been stopped.

But Burnell was given the opportunity of leveling from the spot midway through the half after Owusu was fouled by goalkeeper Joe Mellings inside the area. However his effort was tame and easily saved, and Paul Coyne put the rebound over the bar.

Slough needed to up the tempo in the second half and it did not take long for the visitors’ sustained pressure to pay dividends. Owusu, whose last goal for the Rebels was back in January 1998 against Welling United, equalised eleven minutes in, meeting Burnell's chipped cross to power a header past Mellings and just inside the post.

Slough were on top after scoring, but despite piling on the pressure, could not find a way through a resolute Daventry defence on a difficult pitch. Dan Burnell had perhaps the clearest chance, running on to a through ball but being denied by Mellings as he rushed out to meet the striker.

Further chances came as Sinclair had a shot saved, and Mellings denied Coyne with an instinctive save as his mishit cross flew towards the near post.

James Warrington was called into action to save the point, denying Daventry an almost certain goal with an instinctive reaction save from substitute Anthony Robinson’s acrobatic effort six yards out.

Still, Slough had chances to win the game and piled the pressure on, Bowden-Haase having a flicked header cleared off the line before seeing another curling effort from the edge of the box tipped over by Mellings. From the resulting corner, the impressive Brown headed just wide and time ran out for Slough, who had to settle for a point.

Daventry Town Lineup

Joe Mellings, Arron Parkinson, Craig Milligan, George Thomson, Jason Lee, Jon Powis, Nathan Hicks, Paul Dempsey, Tommy Berwick (Claudiu Hoban), Adam Confue, Howard Forinton (Anthony Robinson).


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