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Wed Apr 17

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Hemel Hempstead Town (H)
Wed Apr 17 14:00
The National League U19 Alliance

Haynes Strike Earns Rebels A Point

Slough Town

Slough Town

Haynes (75)
Carshalton Ath

Carshalton Ath

Falana (45)
League Attendance: 348 Junior Haynes
After a win against Barking a week ago Slough hoped to follow up that result with a good display against Carshalton who were like ourselves relegated from the Ryman Premier league last season.

Strikers Michael Bartley and Dominic Gentle made their Slough Town debuts and Gary Fitzgerald made his home debut for the Rebels.

Early in the match Slough's defence was put under pressure by the good movement and interplay between one time Slough target Mark Hynes and Wade Falana.

Hynes had two shots blocked for the Robins and Falana had a shot dragged wide after former Bulgarian World Cup star Bontcho Guentchev played the striker through on goal.

The Rebels found it tough early on, and with a fairly new midfield partnership and a totally new strike force things were always going to be difficult.

Midway through the first half though the Rebels had their first opportunity of the match and it came from the penalty spot.

New signing Michael Bartley picked the ball up in the area and was adjudged to be pulled back in the area by Peter Wood and a penalty was awarded.

Rather surprisingly Darron Wilkinson stepped up to take the spot kick rather than Mark Hawthorne or Paul Barrowcliff who have scored from the spot before.

Wilkinson's spot kick went low to the right of goalkeeper Stuart Searle who pushed the ball around the post.

Slough were left to rue that miss, because on the stroke of half-time a mix up in the Slough midfield saw Hynes take possession and pas to Falana who was clean through on goal. He calmly placed the ball into the net past a helpless Steve Mautone.

Carshalton almost increased their lead after half-time. A Keith McPherson clearance fell to Matt York on the edge of the area, but his well timed volley was straight at Steve Mautone.
As the second half wore on Slough took more control of the game as Carshalton seemed content to settle for a one-goal victory.

Slough nearly took advantage of this when Hawthorne crossed from the right after some neat build up play involving Bartley.

The ball fell to Veli Hakki at the far post and his half volley was wonderfully saved by Searle in the Carshalton goal.

Searle was eventually beaten with fifteen minutes remaining. Hawthorne's corner into the area was flicked on by Steve Daly and Junior Haynes headed home against his former club from close range.

Slough threw on Clement James on for a tired Michael Bartley in pursuit of a winner, but it was Carshalton who nearly grabbed all three points in the remaining minutes.

Substitute Dean Berry's ball through to Hynes saw the former Crawley striker lob the ball just over Mautone's crossbar.

It turned out to be a bad afternoon for Hynes. A late challenge by the striker on Hakki saw Hynes pick up his second booking and was sent-off.

Neither side deserved to win - or lose and a draw was a fair result.

Carshalton Ath Lineup

Searle, Hollingsworth, Wood, Walker, Davis, Bassey, York, Glasgow, Hynes, Falana, Guentchev Subs: Hegley, Berry, Gartell


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