Edwards goal seals win at Leighton
Date: Tuesday, August 25th 2009 | Competition: League | Attendance: 164
Man Of Match: Nathan Bowden-Haase
Starting Line Up
- Ricky Perks
- Simon Sweeney
- Danny Murphy
- Rob Kean
- Nathan Bowden-Haase
- Graeme Edwards
- Steve Sinclair
- Tyron Sealey
- Simon Martin
- Thomas Hayes
- Paul Edgeworth
Graeme Edwards' first goal for the club was enough to seal victory for the Rebels at Leighton Town.
The hosts were generally on top in a dull first half, creating the better of the chances, with Slough giving the ball away cheaply and forced into the long ball game on a number of occasions.
Slough failed to test the opposition keeper, but Ricky Perks had to be at his best to deny a great goal scoring opportunity in the middle after a cross from the left, the big goalkeeper spreading himself well to turn the ball away from goal.
Slough looked most dangerous through Sinclair and Sealey, replacing the injured Chris Herron, but were crowded out as Leighton controlled the majority of the first half.
The second half was a different story, and Slough's fortunes changed with the introduction of Craig O'Connor. The burly striker replaced Hayes, who had picked up a knock in the first half, and proved a constant menace to the Leighton defence due to his strength and willingness to chase lost causes.
With their first real clear-cut opportunity, Slough took the lead on 63 minutes. Paul Edgeworth's free-kick from out wide on the left was flicked by Bowden-Haase in the middle and Edwards was on hand to bundle the ball home at the far post.
Slough were now firmly in control and O'Connor's rasping left-footed drive was saved well by the home 'keeper. A short corner routine involving Sinclair and Sealey then almost brought a second goal, but Sinclair's poked effort was fisted away.
Steve Bateman was able to welcome back Ryan Fenton to replace Sealey in a defensive switch, with Danny Jordan also making his first appearance of the season, replacing Martin.
Slough survived a couple of late scares as Perks firstly showed good reactions to make a low save from a shot through a crowded box, and then he pushed away a cross which almost drifted in at his far post soon after.
O'Connor was in the thick of the action again, almost sealing the points near the end, but he hit the side-netting after being played in by Sinclair, and Slough held on to record a first away win.
Leighton Town: TBC