Slough edge past North Greenford
Herron (1), Burnell (68)
North Greenford Utd
Date: Saturday, March 19th 2011 | Competition: League | Attendance: 267
Man Of Match: Paul Coyne
Starting Line Up
- Rob Bullivant
- Simon Sweeney
- Danny Murphy
- Chris Seeby
- Steve Perkins
- David Woozley
- Chris Herron
- Paul Coyne
- Danny Burnell
- Simon Martin
- Stuart Swift
Danny Burnell's 20th goal of the season proved to be the winner as Slough Town recorded an unconvincing victory over struggling North Greenford.
With less than a minute played, Slough got off to a flying start with a goal from Chris Herron, who was not even expected to start the match, with Steve Sinclair forced to pull out close to kick-off. Danny Murphy’s deep cross fell to the winger, and his fierce drive was only helped into the top corner by the hand of goalkeeper Jallow.
Danny Burnell poked an effort wide after a tangle between Danny Bennell and Simon Martin in the six yard box, but the visitors, lying third from bottom of the table, almost hit back quickly but Michael Murray fired wide from the edge of the box after running onto a pass from Alex Paine, with the Slough defence having backed off him as he burst forward.
With five goals in his previous seven games, Simon Martin is currently a striker in form, and his intelligent running and hold-up play almost resulted in a second goal for his side. Martin released the ball to Murphy, whose cross was controlled well by Burnell, but struck wide of goal.
But after a bright opening, Slough appeared to ease off somewhat, allowing North Greenford to press forward into the Rebels half.
However, Slough still had plenty of chances to go further ahead. A great ball through from Swift put Burnell clear of the last defender, but his curling effort came back off the post.
Just a minute later, Slough shot themselves in the foot as a poor attempt at a cross-field pass was seized upon by Andre DeLisser. The midfielder had time to take the ball into the box before slotting past Rob Bullivant to level the scores on 29 minutes.
With Slough’s luck eluding them in and around the box, North Greenford grew in confidence and made it to half-time with the scores still level, Slough only threatening once more as Burnell nodded a Sweeney cross well wide with the sun affecting his line of sight.
The visitors continued to look comfortable with the ball for large parts of the second half, and too often Slough lost possession from attempted long passes, and were almost punished by DeLisser again, but Bullivant made a fine low save to deny the midfielder.
But the Rebels upped the tempo as the half wore on, and created a succession of chances. Chris Seeby, who in recent weeks has shown a keen eye for goal, forced Jallow into a diving save from a scorching volley on his left foot.
From the resulting corner, the fans gathered behind the goal thought a goal was inevitable as Swift’s delivery was missed by Jallow, but neither Martin nor Burnell were able to apply a telling touch.
Minutes later, a free kick was awarded in midfield. Swift’s floated delivery fell kindly to Burnell, and the striker turned and fired a half-volley past Jallow from six yards out to put Slough ahead.
The visitors then missed a clear chance to equalise, but defender Jamie Diston blazed high and wide with the goal gaping.
With Slough holding a slender lead and unable to kill the game off, Adam Logie entered the fray to add more steel to the midfield – and the home side held on to claim all three points despite a late scare as Steve Perkins sliced a clearance, but Murray’s shot from the edge of the box was easily claimed by Bullivant.
North Greenford Utd: Jallow, Hillier, Fenton (c), Diston, Bennell, Murray, DeLisser, Paine, Pither, Tilbury (Senior), Lavers. Subs not used: Coker-Davies, Stanton, Barry.