Leon strikes late as Rebels extend unbeaten run

Slough Town

Slough Town

Chambers-Parillon (80)
Eastbourne Borough

Eastbourne Borough

Diarra (2)
League Attendance: 1085 Dan Lincoln
Two disallowed goals for Slough Town restricted them to a 1-1 draw against Eastbourne Borough, writes Joey Gargini.

It was a quick start from the away side, who took the lead with their first attack. Jack Clarke put in a low cross from the edge of the box, which was found by an unmarked Moussa Diarra at the back post, who made no mistake from close range.

Dan Bayliss came close to equalising in the 11th minute. Johnny Goddard delivered an impressive cross into the Borough box, with Bayliss rising highest, but he was only able to put his header wide of the goal.

The Rebels thought they had equalised in the 13th minute, but their celebrations were short-lived. A quick counter-attack, which began with a Dan Lincoln long throw, found Matt Lench in the opposition’s half. He played a low cross in for Slavi Spasov, who tapped home, but the striker was deemed to be in an offside position by the assistant referee.

In the 27th minute, clever interplay between Spasov and Gabe George led to a powerful strike from the edge of the area from George, but the fullback’s effort flashed over the bar.

Slough had their second goal of the game chalked off for offside in the 31st minute. Josh Jackman unleashed a strike which got the better of Harrison Foulkes and was helped over the line by Spasov, but the Bulgarian was deemed to be offside again, much to the displeasure of the Rebels' support.

Spasov came close once again for the home side just before the end of the first half. Lench curled in a corner from the left which Spasov tried to take advantage of, but his header went wide of Foulkes’ goal.

Slough began the second half with the majority of possession but struggled to get any clear attempts at goal until later in the half. Few chances were afforded for either side, with a triple change for the Rebels a clear statement of intent in the 60th minute.

The Sports came close with a quickly taken free kick in the 73rd minute, veteran striker Matt Green finding Alfie Bentley who aimed a low, precise shot into the bottom corner, but an impressive parry from Dan Lincoln helped keep the Rebels alive.

Scott Davies’ men continued to fight for an equaliser, coming close three minutes later. Goddard cut inside from the edge of the box and unleashed a strong effort which was well blocked, with the rebound falling to Leon Chambers-Parillon whose effort could not find a way through a packed Eastbourne box. The resulting scramble saw the visitors unable to clear their lines, with Nathan Minhas firing over the bar.

The Rebels finally got their well-deserved equaliser in the 80th minute, thanks to a bullet header from substitute Chambers-Parillon. A Lench free kick from the edge of the area was expertly delivered into the centre of the box. Chambers-Parillon met the ball well, with his effort looping high into the top right corner past the dive of Foulkes.

With the Rebels pushing for a winner, the visitors came close late on with a dangerous counterattack of their own. Green found space behind the Rebels’ backline two minutes from the end and had a shot on goal, but the effort was comfortably collected by Dan Lincoln.

Slough’s final chance of the game came just moments before full time. Trae Cook-Appiah pounced onto a loose ball on the edge of the Eastbourne box, curling a strong effort which smashed into the right post and bounced agonisingly wide.

The draw places the Rebels 12th in the table and marks 20 matches unbeaten at Arbour Park, a run stretching back to early September. Next up for the Rebels is a trip to relegation-threatened Taunton Town on Monday evening, where a win will be the sole aim.

Eastbourne Borough Lineup

Harrison Foulkes, Brad Barry, Dan Quick, Siya Ligendza (Matt Green 58), Jack Clarke, Decarrey Sheriff (Finn Ballard McBride 77), Alfie Bendle, Moussa Diarra, David Sesay, Yahya Bamba (Freddie Carter 79), Pierce Bird. Unused substitutes: Jake Hutchinson, Imran Uche.


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