Moody strikes twice to defeat Rebels

Slough Town

Slough Town

Cornell (73)
Egham Town

Egham Town

Moody (52, 90+3), Thomas 58
League Attendance: 254 Sean Fraser
Two goals from Marcus Moody helped in-form visitors Egham on their way to three points at Holloways Park, as Slough lost captain Adam Foulser to injury in the second half.

This was a battle of two sides on a great run, with Slough having won their previous six league games and Egham on a run of five straight wins in all competitions. It was clear from the off that Egham were intent on making it six, and in the opening minutes almost took the lead with Reis Stanislaus forcing Jake Somerville to make a smart save.

A surging run from the pacy Josh Andrews set up the next chance, again for Stanislaus, but the ball was blocked behind for a corner as Egham had much the better of the opening twenty minutes.

Slough worked their way into the game after being unsettled early on, and only a superb tackle from Ryan Lake prevented Eddie Smith from giving the Rebels the lead after Scott Harris had nodded a Darren Wheeler free kick back across goal. The former Slough played defended resolutely all evening at centre-back.

Egham continued to look the more likely to break the deadlock though, with Joe Chandiram shooting wide from distance, Ryan O’Toole poking a shot straight at Somerville, and Stanislaus again forcing the Slough stopper into a block.

The save of the match, however, came from Egham goalkeeper Jamie Norris, who reacted superbly to turn over Smith’s first time strike after he was played in on goal by Jamie McClurg. Smith saw another strike blocked as Slough ended the half stronger, having had the clearer chances.

Just a minute into the second half, Egham top scorer O’Toole was forced off with a back injury, replaced by Andy Crossley. This was a blow for the visitors, but they made Slough pay for their first half misses on 52 minutes. Shortly after a Wheeler cross had just evaded Scott Harris in the middle, Egham broke and won a corner which was not dealt with, the ball falling to Calvin Thomas, who sent a side-footed shot crashing in off a post.

Egham doubled their lead on 58 minutes after breaking at pace following a poor free kick delivery from Wheeler. Stanislaus worked the ball out wide to Andrews, whose touch took him away from goal, but he showed good feet to beat Ryan Parsons before playing the ball into the box. Marcus Moody got away a superb strike under pressure from Sean Fraser, which arrowed away from Somerville’s dive and into the top corner for the best goal of the night.

The visitors should really have killed the game off when static defending allowed Andy Crossley to be played in on goal, and after beating Parsons, tried a chip which rebounded back off the bar and into Somerville’s grateful arms.

Slough pulled a goal back on 73 minutes when a Parsons free kick was missed by Norris, the ball being headed down by Smith for substitute Adam Cornell to control on his chest and volley in superbly.

Minutes later, Cornell sent a dipping shot just over the bar and Smith was denied by Norris as the keeper rushed out to clear.

But the home side’s hopes of rescuing a point or more faded with the loss of Foulser to a painful-looking knee injury, and worse still, the Rebels had to battle on with ten men after using all three permitted changes.

With Slough committing men forward and playing a 3-3-3 formation, Parsons denied Stanislaus with a last-ditch tackle, but could not stop Moody scoring his second goal five minutes into stoppage time. He took the ball past Johnnie Dyer and Leigh Rumbold before firing a left foot strike into the bottom corner past Somerville, to seal a deserved win for the Sarnies.

Egham Town Lineup

Jamie Norris, Luke Muldowney (c), Jake Galbraith, Richie Byrne, Ryan Lake, Marcus Moody, Josh Andrews, Joe Chandiram, Reis Stanislaus, Ryan O'Toole, Calvin Thomas. Subs: Andy Crossley, Mo Harkin, James Ward, Brendan Matthews, Arran Taylor-Ives.


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