We Should Have Taken Three Points!

Bishop's Stortford

Bishop's Stortford

Wood (1-1)
Slough Town

Slough Town

Hoddle (o.g. 39)
League Trevor Bunting
Slough threw away the chance of three hard earned points after failing to snap up a handful of half chances at Rhodes Avenue on Tuesday night.

Commitment and passion they could muster during the full 90 minutes play, particularly in the first half, but the goal scoring prowess inside the box they just couldn't deliver.

Manager Alan Davies spoke for himself and the players when he said after the game " It would have been criminal if we had lost that game. Normally we're happy to come away with a point here because they're a tough nut to crack, but tonight the lads were a bit sick because we didn't get three".

The chances in front of goal were few and far between, but when the opportunities came along the Rebels simply couldn't hit the back of the net.

Jimmy Brown suffered the first cruel blow when Keith White floated in a free kick from the left and Dodd headed down for Brown to blast over from six yards.

But playing uphill with the breeze behind them seemed to give the Rebels the edge for the first half hour with Dennis, Wanklyn and Thompson effective against a side that recently beat Bromley 3-2 and held Yeovil to a draw at the Huish.

Scorer at Yeovil, Devon Gayle created the initial problems for the solid base of Bateman and Knight, but even he didn't get his first real bite of the cherry until the 35th minute.

The busy Andy Weddell fed Gayle from the 'keepers kick and the sharp striker drilled hard and low at the target, but Bunting saved magnificently.

Brown nearly broke the deadlock once more when he latched onto a toe poke from right back Trevor How, but shot over the crossbar, and it took a delightful chip over the Bishops 'keeper by Glen Hoddle's brother Carl to give Slough a deserved lead six minutes before half time.

Shortly after the break, the Blues' midfielder made amends with an equally weighted free kick from the right and Jeff Wood rose superbly to nod home to level the score and set the game alight.

However, what promised to be an interesting ending fizzled out for the small contingent of Slough fans that went to the game, particularly as seconds before another chance went begging.

Just before the equaliser, the classy Steve Thompson made a dazzling run down the right flank and crossed inch perfect for Gary Dodd, but somehow he miscued wide.

Manager Alan Davies summed up after the match when he said " If you don't take those kind of chances, you don't win the game. It's a simple as that."

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