Rebels defeated at Dartford



Azeez (41), Husin (59), Porter (80)
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League Attendance: 1004 Jonathan North
Slough Town endured a difficult afternoon at Princes Park on Saturday, and left defeated by title favourites Dartford.

The Rebels, missing several players, had their best spell in the first half but the Darts dominated for long periods and coasted to victory in the second period.

The first sign of a goal threat from the hosts came as early as the 6th minute when Jordan Wynter sent a low ball across the face of Jonathan North’s goal, but none of his teammates were on the same wavelength.

Minutes later, Danny Leonard broke free and squared for Ade Azeez, who stretched but failed to make contact.

The best chance for Slough came on 14 minutes, when a poor pass out from the back was seized upon by Scott Davies. He found Max Worsfold, but Darts goalkeeper Dan Wilks, who had an otherwise quiet match, was equal to it.

Noor Husin, the Afghanistan international, had an effort cleared off the line and was later involved as the hosts hit the crossbar.

North saved an effort from Leonard, and as the ball fell to Husin he was fouled in a dangerous area 25 yards out. Jack Jebb stepped up to take the resulting free kick, which cannoned off the woodwork.

But just a few minutes before the break, Dartford took a deserved lead and frustratingly for Slough, it arrived after a defensive error. Freddie Grant’s failure to clear the danger led to former Rebels man Dan Roberts playing the ball across for Leonard, who in turn laid it on a plate for Azeez to score an easy goal.

Minutes prior, Mark Nisbet found himself with a presentable chance from a Matt Lench corner, but the unmarked captain could only volley over the bar.

The complexion of the game had been changed by Azeez’s goal, and Dartford emerged in the second half looking to build on their lead.

A close-range header from Azeez on 51 minutes was met with an excellent save from North.

Shortly after, North made another impressive block to keep out Roberts, but Slough were powerless to stop Husin collecting the loose ball, and the midfielder took his time before finding the net.

Further saves from North kept the score down, as he denied Azeez and Roberts. But with ten minutes remaining Dartford wrapped up the points with a third goal. The Rebels were cut open again with Roberts teeing up substitute George Porter to tuck the ball home.

One bright spot for Slough was the debut of young striker Joe Lawal, who replaced George Hunt in the second half.

Image: Philip Benton

Dartford Lineup

Dan Wilks, Jordan Wynter, Jernade Meade, Noor Husin, Josh Hill, Tom Bonner ©, Danny Leonard, Kieran Murtagh, Dan Roberts, Jack Jebb, Ade Azeez. Substitutes: Jake Robinson, Connor Essam, Tyrique Hyde, Luke Wanadio, George Porter.


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