SYCOB come back to take derby victory

Slough Town

Slough Town

McClurg (35)
Beaconsfield Town

Beaconsfield Town

Butt (pen 57, 67), Poulton (61)
League Attendance: 337 Jamie McClurg
Beaconsfield emerged victorious in the tenants vs. landlords local derby match, with three goals in ten second half minutes putting Slough to the sword after the Rebels had held a half-time lead.

Making several changes from Saturday’s win at Kettering, Slough almost fell behind after just a few minutes. Wes Harrison, partnering Dave Woozley at centre-back, let the ball bounce and Zak Joseph lobbed the ball over Jake Somerville, but wide.

Looking nervous at the back, Slough went close to conceding again, as another chance was lobbed wide. But the Rebels soon settled into the game and Slough almost caught SYCOB out with a quickly-taken free kick, but Ollie Burgess’ cross was too close to goalkeeper James Reading, who had joined Beaconsfield after appearing for Northwood against the Rebels on the opening day.

A succession of corners came to nothing as Slough put the pressure on, and Johnnie Dyer headed a difficult chance wide from a Burgess cross. Burgess, playing on the right side, was seeing quite a lot of the ball, and he crossed in again for Aaron Couch, who smashed the ball well over from outside the box.

Somerville had to make a good save soon after, turning behind a fierce strike from Joseph as SYCOB broke away, with the quick forward accelerating away from several Rebels players.

But it was Slough who broke the deadlock with 35 minutes played, with Jamie McClurg’s first for the club. A long throw in was dummied by Scott Harris, and McClurg ran on to it and blasted the ball into the bottom corner from just inside the box.

With Slough on top, Reading made a crucial save to deny Couch as he headed a cross from George Short goalwards. Seconds later, Short would fall to the pitch in agony after landing awkwardly, with his injury later diagnosed as a broken elbow, which will keep him out of action for at least a month. Short was stretchered off after having enjoyed a good game to that point, and left Holloways Park in an ambulance at half time.

In the second period, Slough seemed set to build on their lead after looking to be in control of the game, but the concession of a penalty after 57 minutes would be the start of their downfall. Woozley was perhaps a touch unfortunate to trip Joseph, in the thick of the action again, but Bilal Butt stepped up to confidently place the ball down the middle of Somerville’s goal to level the scores.

Eddie Smith replaced Dyer as Slough looked to bounce back, but instead SYCOB took the lead. Craig Carby struck a fierce shot towards the top corner which Somerville did very well to tip over – but from the resulting corner, Slough were caught cold by a quickly-taken kick and the stopper was powerless to keep out Nathan Poulton’s header from Carby's cross.

Couch made inroads to the Beaconsfield goal but could only fire over from an angle, and shortly after, his side had a mountain to climb as Butt side-footed home his second after more terrible defending from Slough. The ball was inexplicably allowed to roll all the way across to Butt from Yiadom Yeboah's cross, with neither of the Slough players at the near post able to clear. With 67 minutes played, SYCOB had mounted a terrific comeback as a shell-shocked Slough failed to deal with the dangerous Butt in particular.

Slough looked to come back, and Couch really should have reduced the arrears, but headed a simple chance over the bar, whilst Reading saved well from McClurg. The SYCOB keeper saved well again as Scott Harris headed a Ryan Lake free kick goalwards.

Growing increasingly desperate and frustrated, Ben Edwards shot well over from 30 yards and Somerville was alert to keep the score at 1-3, making a smart save low to his left as time ebbed away.

Beaconsfield Town Lineup

James Reading, Nathan Webb, Craig Carby, Yiadom Yeboah (c), Stefan Tomasevic, Tom Inch, Max McCann, Gordan Ajankeko, Yashwa Romeo, Zak Joseph, Nathan Poulton. Subs: Sam Sravley, Ollie Beasley, Wayne O'Sullivan, Bilal Butt, Kyle Matthews.


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