Match day

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Hartley Wintney U23 Development (A)
Fri Oct 23
19:45

Match day

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Hartley Wintney U23 Development (A)
Fri Oct 23 19:45
Suburban Football League
1st
12pts

Slough Lose Out To Leyton

| League
Att: 325
Slough Town
Seedel
1 - 2
Leyton
Williams (49), Saulsbury o.g. (75)
Michael Murphy
Slough were at home to Leyton in this crunch fixture, in which we hoped to continue our excellent home form and also continue our gradual rise up the table.

On a swamp of a pitch and with a seriously strong wind, it was never going to be a beautiful game to watch, and thus it proved; it was only the three points that counted and unfortunately for us, those three points went home with a strong and committed Leyton side, who to be fair fully deserved the win today.

Slough played with the same team as last week with the only changes being a bench reshuffle. The players started the game by giving valentines roses to some of our female supporters, and it seemed ironic that Leyton were a thorn in our side all match!

The first chance of the match fell to Christian Metcalfe who whacked the ball wide after a deft pass for Matt Murphy after just a few minutes. Slough continued to attack and after 10 minutes Ryan Spencer was tripped 20 yards out and Alex Haddow smacked the ball goalwards unfortunately the shot was easily saved by the Leyton ‘keeper.

After 18 minutes Ian Hodges was desperately unlucky not to score as he headed the ball against the post after some excellent work down the left by Michael Murphy. Ian Hodge continued to threaten the away goal and it was his great pass from inside the Leyton 18 yard box found Ryan Spencer who’s shot seemed destined for the top left corner of the goal until goalkeeper Hasell just managed to tip it over.Slough seemed unable to convert their dominance to goals and again this was seen as Matt Murphy shot just wide as half time approached.

Matt Murphy had one final chance before the half time whistle as a poor clearance by Hasell was controlled by Murphy unfortunately Hasell got back in time to block Murphy’s resulting shot for a corner; Matt Murphy took the corner and found Josias who’s downwards header hit the ground and narrowly bounced over the bar.

After dominating the first half without scoring Slough were suddenly on the defensive and Manny Williams scored for them after 49 minutes by coolly slipping it past the approaching Allaway.

Slough came back on the attack and some excellent play from Steve Daly and Ryan Spencer found Matt Seedel in the box, who controlled the ball excellently to slip in past his marker and slid the ball past the keeper and into the right hand corner of the goal. After 75 minutes some poor Slough defending gifted Leyton the ball and Jamie Saulsbury was unlucky enough to put the ball into his own net as they ran at an empty net.

Slough continued to attack but were unable to break down a solid Leyton back line in the remaining minutes. This was a game that we should have won in the first half, and in many ways we were unlucky not to have scored, but if we create that many chances we should have put some away. Leyton deserved to win but merely because we did not deserve to; they are a strong organised side but I feel if we had played to out full ability we would have won easily; to summarise this was a bad game to lose.

Leyton Line up

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