Rebel Hammatt sees red



Francis (65 pen), Loveday (2-1)
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Peirson (9)
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Slough Town striker Brian Hammatt added more misery to the Rebels faltering season on Saturday after being sent off in his side's 2-1 defeat against Bromley.

Hammatt, who missed the penalty that could have taken Slough to victory against Macclesfield in the FA Cup last Tuesday, was dismissed for two bookable offences.

And the 2-1 defeat left Slough languishing in 18th place in the table and recorded their worst league run for 37 years. The Rebels were flying earlier in the season, climbing to second in the league, and won four out of five games, but since the arrival of Graham Roberts they have failed to win a league match.

It all started so well for Slough on Saturday as leading scorer, Richard Peirson hit his seventh goal of the season to give the Rebels a ninth minute lead. Peirson timed his run superbly to head home powerfully from Simon Line's superb free-kick.

Slough then took control of the match and looked set to record their first win under Roberts but both strikers, Andrew Deaner and Brian Hammatt, found it difficult to break a well worked Bromley offside trap.

The gap in midfield left by midfielder Mark Fiore, out with a hamstring injury, was clear for all to see as the Rebels created little for their two strikers.

But the frustration got to Hammatt, who was booked for a rather innocuous challenge and Deaner also found himself cautioned by the referee.

Full back Mark Holzman kept the Rebels in the match in the 41st minute from Bromley's first corner of the game, clearing Dany Carroll's shot from the line with Paul Wilkerson stranded.

Slough held onto their lead into the break but could do nothing about Bromley's equaliser in the 65th minute. Landry Zahana Oni was surrounded by three Slough defenders and fell to the ground where he clearly handled the ball, but the referee pointed directly to the spot, indicating that there had been some shirt pulling. Joe Francis made no mistake with the spot kick firing the ball into the roof of the net and Slough had their backs against the wall.

Two minutes later Hammatt had a great chance to put the Rebels back in front but he blasted his shot against the post and the rebound eluded three Slough players who were ready to pounce.

That miss proved to be vital as Bromley took the lead and stole the points with a wonder goal from Mark Loveday. His 30 yard volley gave Wilkerson no chance and condemned Slough to their 10th defeat of the season.

To rub salt in their wounds Hammatt was needlessly red-carded, shortly after Bromley's Keith Sharman was dismissed for kicking Peirson, when he argued an offside decision with the referee.

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