The winter break in the BOBi League came at the wrong time for us. On the whole our performances have been very good, but perhaps our points haul hasn't reflected that with too many draws.
By the time the BOBi League restarts at the end of March, I want our teams to be more decisive, more clinical and more ruthless. In the meantime we concentrate on establishing ourselves as a competitive 11-a-side team capable of competing nationally.
In December we lost 5-1 in a friendly against the experienced Queens Park Rangers Community side with our effort coming from Paul Wade. However this was very much a training game for us with rolling substitutes.
The following week we lost 5-3 to St Albans City Deaf. We led twice in the first half with Dan Greene scoring both goals, and equalised midway through the second half with a fine solo effort from Mohammed Farah. He picked the ball up in midfield, beating three players before going round the keeper to make it 3-3. Our tired legs in the last 20 minutes, which allowed St Albans to finish strongly, but this was a fantastic achievement against a team that plays weekly in the Harrow Sunday League.
Everything came together in our first match in January where we put eight goals past Newbury at Arbour Park, with Nathan Richardson operating in a deep central midfield role, and controlling the game with probing balls to the front three.
We led 4-1 at the break with two goals from Tudor Papuc, Mohammed Farah and a brace from striker Dan Greene. Dan soon completed his hat-trick before Owen Gareppo's solo effort and two strikes from Shawn Harding, the first being a 35-yard lob over the keeper.
Newbury ended the match with three late goals, however this was after we had made nine substitutions.
Next came a double header against Woking, with the first game resulting in a narrow 2-1 defeat. Only a superb display from their goalkeeper denied us the win we deserved, with Shawn Harding having played a ball through to Mohammed Farah for our goal. In the second match we lost 3-1, but they scored a penalty whilst Shawn Harding saw his penalty saved, and a defensive mix-up gifted Woking one of two goals. We had been level at half time through a wonderful strike from the edge of the box by midfielder Mohammed Farah.
We knew that patience would be key and that no game would be easy as we face settled, senior sides with experience and bigger resources. we are only a small step into an amazing journey and doing ourselves proud. We look forward to welcoming both Bournemouth and Chelsea to Arbour Park in March.
Picture: Slough Town PALS squad v QPR
Back row: David Meredith, Mohammed Farah, Michael Northcott, Dan Greene, James Pope, Scott Miles, Nathan Richardson, Shawn Harding, Gary Sherriff.
Front row: Jeevan Singh, Todor Papuc, Liam Watson, Michael McGranaghan, Paul Wade, Isaac Okine, Owen Gareppo, Damien Breslin.
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