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The Vanarama National League South
2nd
37pts

Rebels Slump To Derby Day Defeat

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Att: 630
Maidenhead United
Ulasi (65)
1 - 0
Slough Town
Keith McPherson
Yet again Slough slipped to another league defeat with a very disappointing performance in a derby match against Maidenhead United. But despite this poor performance, it was the Rebels who controlled the opening fifteen minutes of the match.

And they could and should have taken the lead after only seven minutes. Lambert hit a left footed half volley from the edge of the area, which was brilliantly saved by Barnard in the Magpies goal, only to see the ball fall for Coombs, who shot wide from a couple of yards at a slight angle, but the former Purfleet striker should have really scored.

Soon after efforts came in from the edge of the area from both Holsgrove and Lambert again, but they were both comfortable for Barnard. Maidenhead then suddenly woke up and with their first chance they should have scored. Rake played a free kick in from the right and the ball fell on the head of Allen, who headed well over from a couple of yards out.

Soon after the Magpies had another chance and this fell to their Captain Tim Cook, who had another chance from a header, but he also saw his effort fly over. At this stage of the match the game was getting scrappy on a pitch which was not in good condition. Maidenhead adapted to the conditions well compared to Slough who looked lethargic and a team low on confidence.

During this period of the game the Magpies were getting quite a few chances and most of them were falling to striker Adrian Allen who once scuffed a shot wide when he should have hit the target and also hit a shot well over from the edge of the area.

The last chance of the first half fell to the Rebels though. Hall played a free kick in from the left which was headed back by Holsgrove for Coombs who must of missed the ball stretching by a matter of inches.

The second half was even more of a scrappier affair - as local derbies usually are. There were no chances in the opening ten minutes, but the Magpies had all the possession with Slough struggling to put three successive passes together.

Their chance did come eventually after 57 minutes when a scramble in the area resulted in Allen shooting with Honey grounded, only to see White clear the ball off the line. But on 65 minutes the Rebels did go behind. Rainford missed a header in midfield and the ball fell to Rake who played in Ulasi, who used his pace to get past the Slough defence on the left and shoot low across Honey into the corner.

Then five minutes later Maidenhead should have doubled their lead when Cook crossed the ball in from the right and former Slough midfielder Barry Rake dived in, but the ball went over the bar.
The Rebels looked toothless in attack once again, with Maidenhead dominating the midfield area. The Rebels pushed for an equaliser in the last five remaining minutes of the match, but despite a succession of free kicks and corners Slough could not make any of these set pieces count and Maidenhead deservedly claimed all three points.

Maidenhead United Line up

Barnard, Morley, Connor, Rake, Croxford, Brown, Cook, Ferdinand, Allen, Glynn, Ulasi. Subs: Nartey, Hickey, Arkins

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