Sonner at the double
Sonner (59, 68)
Date: Saturday, March 26th 2011 | Competition: League | Attendance: 253
Man Of Match: Simon Sweeney
Starting Line Up
- Rob Bullivant
- Chris Seeby
- Danny Murphy
- Chris Herron
- Steve Perkins
- David Woozley
- Shaun Byrne
- Paul Coyne
- Danny Burnell
- Sean Sonner
- Adam Martin
A brace from Sean Sonner in the second half was enough to give Slough all three points, helping the Rebels bounce back from their disappointing midweek loss at Barton.
Slough, who welcomed Adam Martin back to the club after his release from St. Albans City, had a very early chance as Sean Sonner ran on to a Burnell header, but shot wide on his left foot after doing well to bring the ball inside.
With the home side looking to play at a quick tempo and gain an early advantage, Woozley headed a Herron corner straight into the keeper's hands, and slack marking allowed Danny Burnell a free header from Coyne's corner, but he flicked it wide.
Slough were then handed a blow as Adam Martin, who had slotted in well and looked a threat going forward, failed to recover after being injured by a heavy tackle. He was replaced by Adam Logie in the middle of the park, and, after the change, there was something of a lull – but Slough were on the front foot with Byrne volleying over the bar.
With Slough unable to find a breakthrough in the first half, the Rebels could take nothing for granted, and Bedworth went close through Ramsey, but the striker shot wide when well placed.
Soon after, Perkins was the hero for Slough as he denied a certain goal, putting his foot in to deny Ramsey as a low cross fell invitingly to his feet.
There was relief all round as Slough finally took the lead with 59 minutes played. Sonner ran onto a chipped ball over the last defender and volleyed first time past Bedworth keeper Martin, who was given no chance.
Nine minutes later, Sonner struck again, this time running in at the far post to coolly place Chris Seeby's low cross into the roof of the net – the Slough defender enjoying his role as a roving right-back in place of the unavailable Simon Sweeney.
Burnell was denied three times in quick succession by Martin as Slough looked to kill the game off – first, by a fine save as he looked to volley home from a similar position to Sonner's 15 yards out. Then, Martin pushed away a low fizzed left foot shot before holding an audacious overhead kick attempt as Slough piled on the pressure.
But again, a nervy finale was ensured as Slough allowed Bedworth back into the game with a sloppy mistake. Confusion at the back resulted in Bullivant kicks a clearance against striker Menzies, gifting him an easy finish.
Bedworth brought on another striker and continued to chip away at the Slough back line. The Rebels survived a massive goalmouth scramble with numerous shots raining in at Bullivant’s goal, but eventually the Slough stopper was fouled and the pressure was relieved.
At the death, Slough broke away and Burnell was played clean through, but elected to shoot rather than square the ball to the unmarked Sonner who was waiting to claim his hat-trick – luckily for him, the final whistle sounded to ensure Slough recorded a crucial three points.
Bedworth United: Martin, Goodman, Dainty, Thackeray, Cooper (c), Cartwright, Ruff, Menzies, Ramsey, Dean, Twigger. Subs: Edmonds, Withers, Civzelis, Pringle, Brassington