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The Vanarama National League South

Purfleet get better of Rebels



Adams (7), Georgiou (81)
Slough Town

Slough Town

League Attendance: 202 Paul Holsgrove
This defeat against Purfleet at Ship Lane condemned Slough to the worst run in the Club's 111 year history after their ninth successive defeat in the Ryman Premier League.

Straight from the kick off Purfleet took the game right to Slough, and despite Steve Stott's much awaited long term return from injury, 'Fleet dominated midfield.

An early chance to Purfleet fell to Colin Simpson, who saw his shot blocked by Steve Daly. The ball then fell to Martin Carthy who shot over on the half volley from an angle.

Purfleet continued to dominate the match with Slough struggling to put two successive passes together. They deservedly took the lead when former Barnet midfielder Kieran Adams who shot in low from the edge of the area after only seven minutes.

Soon after the Essex side could have doubled the lead. Simpson ran at McPherson and shot wide from the edge of the area. On the hard Ship Lane surface Slough had no excuse for their lackluster first half performance.

The Rebels only had their first effort on goal in injury time in the first half when a Lambert shot from the edge of the area was comfortably held by Steve Mead in the Pufleet goal.

Slough had to make changes for the second half and they did when David Rainford and Mark Hall replaced the ineffective Paul Coombs and Paul Barrowcliff. This change saw Rainford add width to the right hand side and Mark Hall, on his Birthday replace Coombs up front.

Immediately the changes seemed to make an impact and after a initial ten minutes with both teams canceling each other out the Rebels soon took control.They had a good chance to equalities on 56 minutes when a Lambert cross from the left fell to Rainford, who played the ball to Stott, but before he could get a shot in Southon cleared the ball for a corner.

Soon after Lambert, who was having much better second half had a lofted effort which was plucked out of the air by goalkeeper Mead, close to his goaline. With Slough looking for the equaliser the Rebels defence was susceptible to Purfleet hitting the defence on the break.

On 72 minutes Georgiou had a chance to wrap up the game, but when he found himself one on one with Honey, the Rebels keeper saved his shot for a corner.

Four minutes later Slough nearly equalised. Some good football by the Rebels saw Paul Holsgrove hit a half volley from the edge of the area, only to see Mead Superbly tip the ball round the post.

Then on 81 minutes Purfleet wrapped up the game. Georgiou got the better of the Slough defence, but once again his shot was saved by Honey, he picked the ball up out wide and crossed in for Simpson, who beat Honey to the ball and headed home.

Purfleet Lineup

Mead, Purdie, Southon, Adams, McFarlane, Ling, Lawrence, Howard, Georgiou, Simpson, Carthy. Subs: Buglione, Keeling, Cashley.


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