Rebels continue strong form with home win

Slough Town

Slough Town

Goddard (4), Minhas (79), Platt (pen 90+1)
Braintree Town

Braintree Town

League Attendance: 672 Nathan Minhas
A comfortable afternoon at Arbour Park for Slough Town saw the Rebels dispatch Braintree Town 3-0, thanks to goals from Johnny Goddard, Nathan Minhas, and Mickel Platt, writes Freddie Gatrell.

The afternoon started in the best possible fashion for the Rebels, with a bombarding run from Leon Chambers-Parillon causing the Iron’s backline all sorts of problems. A low driven cross from the young midfielder found the boot of Johnny Goddard, who easily slotted home past Jack Sims to put the Rebels 1-0 up after just 4 minutes, scoring his third goal in as many games.

Despite the early goal, neither side appeared to want to push for a second, with chances at a premium. A Tyrese Dyce header flashed narrowly wide of Braintree’s goal in the 10th minute, and an optimistic looping effort from Matt Lench in the 20th minute were Slough’s only other chances to improve the first-half scoreline.

Despite losing Dan Bayliss to injury 24 minutes into the first half, Slough looked confident defensively, with Joe Dandy putting in a strong performance in the place of Bayliss for the remainder of the match.

The second half began in a similar fashion to the first, with little to separate the two sides. Braintree looked sluggish and ineffective in attack, with Slough dominating the majority of possession over the course of the match.

Nathan Minhas, who played exceptionally all game, caused all sorts of issues for the Braintree backline, with his strong hold-up play and pressing being rewarded in the 79th minute. Minhas picked up on a loose pass before driving into the Braintree 18-yard box, showing good footwork and firing low and hard into the bottom right corner. Despite his effort cannoning off a Braintree defender, luck was on Minhas’ side, with the ball beating Sims and putting the Rebels in a commanding position with 10 minutes to play.

Slough’s well-fought performance was finished with a cherry on top, thanks to a late penalty kick for the hosts after Munashe Sundire’s strike cannoned off Harry Barbrook’s arm. Second-half substitute Mickel Platt stepped up to take the spot kick, with the ball creeping past Sims, who managed to get a glove on it on its way into the bottom left corner.

This win moves the Rebels up to 19th in the table, with two games in hand on 18th-placed Weymouth, in what is an extremely close table.

Next up for the Rebels is a trip to Flackwell Heath in the Berks & Bucks FA Senior Cup, with Scott Davies’ Rebels hoping to continue their strong form into their next game.

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