Young Rebels side defeated by Darts

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Att: 961
Slough Town
0 - 6
Dartford
Dinanga (2, 44), Murtagh (14), Kalala (59), Greenidge (72), Durojaiye (89)
George Hunt
It was a result to forget for Slough’s young side in their final home game of the 2021/22 season, as they suffered a heavy defeat to third-placed Dartford, writes Henry Cheal.

With a playoff place beyond reach, Neil Baker and Jon Underwood decided to turn to youth as they look to utilise their squad over the remaining two matches of the season. Lining up against the Darts were no fewer than seven players aged 20 or under.

Dartford had the more positive start to the game and found themselves a goal up after just two minutes of play. Marcus Dinanga slotted past North following a dangerous cross into the Slough penalty area.

Slough responded well to the opening goal and almost levelled it up, as Matt Lench had a curling right shot from outside the box which cannoned off the underside of the crossbar.

Alfonso Tenconi later had a poked effort well saved by Reice Charles-Cook.

Dartford then doubled their lead just after as Jack Jebb swung in a corner kick which found Kieran Murtagh unmarked, and he comfortably headed the ball into the back of the net.

Despite the obvious deficit so early on, Slough tried to muster some sort of comeback and tried to find a way to stay in the game. Five minutes from half time, Tenconi almost halved the deficit by firing an attempt through the legs of Charles-Cook, but the keeper managed to get down low and save it in some style.

However, just before the first half’s closure Dartford added another goal to their tally as Dinanga found space into the box after a defensive error, and his powerful effort flew past North in goal.

Slough started brightly in the second half and realising the challenge that was at a stake to try and mount a comeback, they almost found a first goal on 55 minutes. Imran Kayani received the ball but his effort at the goal was blocked by a Dartford defender.

Dartford put the game to bed just five minutes later as Kalvin Kalala’s skills enabled him to get past the Slough defence and his low shot from a challenging angle beat North in the goal.

Dartford found their fifth goal in the 72nd minute, as this time Jordan Greenidge headed the ball home from a cross on the right hand side.

To close out the game, Dartford scored their final goal through Olu Durojaiye after Lench had acrobatically cleared off the line.

Sean Fraser emerged from the bench late in the game to make his final competitive appearance at Arbour Park, to a large ovation from the Rebels faithful.

Image: George Beck

Dartford Line up

Reice Charles-Cook, Olu Durojaiye, Kristian Campbell, Samir Carruthers, Kory Roberts, Tom Bonner (c), Kalvin Kalala (Danny Leonard 65), Kieran Murtagh (Tyrique Hyde 37), Marcus Dinanga (Jake Robinson 61), Jack Jebb, Jordan Greenidge. Unused substitutes: Ade Azeez, Dan Roberts.

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