Rebels maintain strong form with win at Aveley



Slough Town

Slough Town

Goddard (57), Eweka (65)
League Attendance: 393
Goals from Johnny Goddard and Temi Eweka helped Slough Town record a league double against 8th-placed Aveley away at Parkside, writes Freddie Gatrell.

The Rebels experienced a largely uneventful first half, lacking attacking spark from Scott Davies’ traveling side. The biggest chance came in the 18th minute, with great footwork from Goddard resulting in a deliciously whipped corner kick narrowly avoiding the boot of a bombarding Nathan Minhas. Although they appeared unthreatened for large parts of the match, Slough seemed labored in the final third, with the final pass letting them down.

The second half was a completely different story for the Rebels, who came out a transformed outfit. Out of the traps the quicker of the two sides, the Rebels were disappointed to have not been awarded a penalty kick in the 51st minute when a Johnny Goddard cross appeared to cannon off an Aveley arm in the 18-yard box.

Determined to not let this moment define proceedings, only six minutes later, the Rebels opened the scoring. A mix-up caused by a long throw-in, which found the head of Jeanmal Prosper, saw the ball bounce onto the head of an arriving Nathan Minhas. His effort was scrambled away by Jonathan North but only as far as the feet of Goddard, who smashed the ball into the back of the Millers' net, much to the delight of the loud traveling Slough support.

Unwilling to rest on their laurels, Slough continued to push for a second and were unfortunate to be denied only moments later, with a Josh Jackman close-range headed effort being denied by a brilliant reflex save by North.

This intense spell of Rebels pressure was duly rewarded after a series of corner kicks in the 65th minute. A deflected Lench corner was well recycled back to the midfielder, who neatly beat Arjanit Krasniqi and drove deep towards the by-line. Lench’s low-driven cross was met by Minhas, who saw his effort saved, but the ball was turned into the net by an arriving Temi Eweka, who relished his moment in front of the Slough supporters at Parkside.

The remainder of the second half was a comfortable performance from Slough, with neither side looking likely to score in the latter stages. Joe Dandy came on to assure the defence, simultaneously marking his 50th appearance in a Rebels shirt.

The final whistle spelled an unbeaten week for Scott Davies’ men, who move up to 16th place with several games in hand over the teams above them. Next up is a home clash on Boxing Day against Hampton & Richmond, a battle of two form teams in which Slough will be hopeful of making it 13 games unbeaten at Arbour Park.

Aveley Lineup

North, Cochrane, Vaz, Eze (Hernandez 70), Jones, Gibbs, Ogunrinde (Davis 70), Kelly, Hughes, Krasniqi, Pegrum. Unused substitutes: Ring, Odelusi, Kyei.


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