The Big Match Blues

Slough Town

Slough Town

Wycombe Wanderers

Wycombe Wanderers

Ashford (34), Graham (36, 55)
League Attendance: 1435
When the big occasion came around, the Rebels blew it again. A crowd of 1,435 turned up for Saturday's mouthwatering derby clash and just as Slough crashed when local pride was last uppermost in people's minds, they let themselves down badly again.

After their worst performance of the season resulted in a 1-3 reverse at Windsor, the Rebels compiled six unbeaten games to leapfrog right back among the Vauxhall-Opel League championship contenders.

So, with their deadliest rivals in their own midden and lying two points ahead of them in second place, what a golden opportunity it was for Alan Davies's men to win a whole lot of pride and three vital points.

Alas, it wasn't to be. And the final three-goal margin wasn't far from accurately reflecting proceedings.

"After doing so well for the last few weeks away, to come to Slough and play like that, it's disappointing. We haven't shown what we can do really," said Davies "We showed them a little bit too much respect. They've got some forwards who like to play and we didn't look our usual selves."

The fact that those forwards were afforded time and space in the box produced the decisive verdict. Despite having full-back Price carried off only in the third minute, the Blues showed more the form that won them their first eight matches rather the four they hadn't won since, in the early stages.

Woodcraft cleared Graham's header off the line with the help of Woodcraft. but Slough obviously hadn't learnt from that.

For the same player was again allowed a free header in the 34th minute and Noel Asford couldn't have been able to believe his eyes as he pushed the cross in from close range — while completely unattended at the far post.

Just two minutes later, the Rebels were again punished for defensive slackness. This time Tilley missed Silkman's cross and Andy Graham nipped in to beat Cox.

Slough had never seriously threatened to score in the first half, but enjoyed their best spell straight after the restart.

But any chance of a famous recovery was shattered in the 55th minute when Mark West — the league's joint leading scorer with the Rebels' Jimmy Brown — crossed for Graham to sweep in and send his side's large travelling support delirious.

Wycombe manager Alan Gane had described the game as being like a World Cup Final to Slough fans", but Alan Davies reckons it's far from the end of the world for Rebels punters. "We're quite capable of matching them if we play to our full potential," he said of the new league leaders.

Wycombe Wanderers Lineup

Lester, Riley, Price (Fisher), Burgess, Berrett, Collins, Graham, Silkman, Walton (Stanley), Ashford, West.


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