Rebels defeated at Westwood Road

St Ives Town

St Ives Town

Ogbonna (16), Higgs (pen 82)
Slough Town

Slough Town

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A hugely disappointing Slough Town suffered back-to-back league defeats for the first time this season as they suffered defeat at Westwood Road.

The result sees Slough fall to fourth place and further harms the Rebels’ promotion hopes following defeat last Monday against Chesham United, but they will have no time to feel sorry for themselves with a trip to bottom side Cinderford Town to come on Tuesday, where the joint managers will expect a positive reaction.

Dubi Ogbonna dealt the first blow with 16 minutes played, but St Ives could have opened the scoring before then. Seymour-Shove cut inside and fired over on 13 minutes, and shortly after Ogbonna saw a strike parried across goal, with Guy Hollis forced to head off the line.

But Slough couldn’t stop Ogbonna just after the quarter hour mark, as he latched onto a long pass forward and lifted the ball over Mark Scott.

Things got little better for the Rebels, as they struggled to match the intensity of their opponents, who adapted better to the poor playing surface.

Gavin James fired into the side netting after turning his man, and Josh Dawkin scuffed a shot wide as the hosts looked to double their advantage.

Scott saved from Ogbonna as the half drew to a close, after the striker got free down the left.

Early in the second half, Ogbonna almost created a second goal as he chased another long ball down the left, which Scott came out of his goal for but missed, leading to an attempted shot from distance which was blocked.

Nothing was working for Slough, and with half an hour remaining Chris Flood and Nathan Webb were introduced in place of James and Lewis Putman to freshen things up.

Five minutes later, Slough’s best chance of the entire game was headed wide by Charlie Moone from James Dobson’s free kick. And on 68 minutes, Moone managed to get a shot away after good work from Simon Dunn, but keeper Tim Trebes held it easily.

The game was still in the balance when McGowan had another shot from the edge of the box saved by Scott on 75 minutes, but seven minutes later all hope dissipated with the award of a penalty. Dobson felled McGowan with a clumsy challenge and up stepped Jack Higgs to send Scott the wrong way and seal the three points.

St Ives Town Lineup

Tim Trebes, Harry O'Malley, Jordan Jarrold, Lee Chaffey (c), Liam McDevitt, Jack Higgs, Ben Seymour-Shove, Tom McGowan, Dubi Ogbonna, Josh Dawkin, Morgan Penfold. Substitutes: Mark Coulson, Charlie De'ath, Jack Bradshaw, Jarred Cunniff, Danny Kelly.


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