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Young Rebels defeated in meeting of top two

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Slough Town
Anderson, Goueth
2 - 5
Chippenham Town U23
Choppin, Smedley (pen), Pearson, Pearson, Warre
In the eagerly-anticipated game between the two top teams in the Suburban Football League, Slough lost at Arbour Park to Chippenham Town in a ‘six-pointer’ in the title race, writes Adam Novysedlák.

Fans could see the importance of the game for both teams from the first whistle of the game, as neither wanted to give away a goal chance. The first 20 minutes resembled a bit of a chess game as both teams patiently waited for their chances to break opposition’s defence.

In the 25th minute of the game, Slough converted their first chance into an opening goal. Harry Riley sent a brilliant through ball all the way from the back and Alfie Anderson lobbed the away goalkeeper who was running towards him. 1-0

The response from The Bluebirds came six minutes before the end of the first half. Chippenham launched a counterattack and from inside the box Noah Choppin found the bottom corner of Fred Chapman’s goal. 1-1

Three minutes later, a Chippenham player was fouled in the box and the referee pointed at the penalty spot. Joel Smedley converted the penalty and sent The Bluebirds into a lead before the break. 1-2

The beginning of the second half looked very similar to the start of the first half. The Rebels looked for a chance to tie the game while their opposition patiently waited for their chance to get another goal.

The Bluebirds tried to get a two-goal lead when their striker went around Chapman but the Slough keeper made a great save.

In the 72nd minute Chippenham got the third goal when Jack Pearson capitalised on a Slough defensive error and scored into the bottom corner. 1-3

Slough then went all-in as they put all their effort into scoring a goal that would reduce the gap. Ten minutes before the end of regular time, Eitel Goueth scored a perfect free kick goal as he bent it over the wall right into the top corner! 2-3

Unfortunately for the Rebels, five minutes later Chippenham also converted a free kick into a goal. A free kick from out wide found Pearson in the box who headed it at the front post into the net. 2-4

The Rebels continued in their efforts to score another goal but this also meant they were more vulnerable in defence. In added time Dan Warre used another counterattack and killed the game scoring The Bluebirds’ fifth goal. 2-5

After only their second home defeat in the league, Slough fell to second position in the Suburban Football League after being leapfrogged by new leaders Chippenham.

Chippenham Town U23 Line up

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