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The National League U19 Alliance

Rebels overcome Reds

Woodford United

Woodford United

Johnson (43)
Slough Town

Slough Town

Martin (31), Sonner (42), Sinclair (85)
League Attendance: 104 Danny Murphy
Steve Sinclair's stunning late individual effort sealed an important win against Woodford United, after first-half goals from Simon Martin and Sean Sonner.

This was an impressive win, coming after disappointment against Rugby the previous Saturday, against a Woodford side which had an impressive home record, having previously not conceded more than two goals in a game at Byfield Road all season.

The game took time to really get going on a bobbly pitch, but was ignited with Slough’s opener, which was scored in fine style just after half an hour.

Stuart Swift’s ball into the box was deftly headed down by Danny Burnell, and Simon Martin ran in and crashed a volley past the Woodford keeper Matt Finlay to give the Rebels a crucial lead.

Soon after, the visitors put themselves in the driving seat when an under hit back pass from Daniel Burke allowed Sean Sonner, who had entered the fray to replace Burnell - seemingly in danger of being sent off with one more foul or comment to the referee - to run through and fire the ball over the onrushing Finlay.

Just before half time, Woodford pulled themselves back into the game with a fine volleyed effort from Ricky Johnson. Guy Clark dug out a deep cross from the right wing, and Johnson’s first time effort flew into Bullivant’s bottom corner as the half time whistle beckoned.

In the second period, Woodford played with a greater belief and had Slough penned into their own half for spells. Full-back Guy Clark made a surging raid down the right side and shot flashed wide of the far post.

Simon Martin put two difficult chances over the bar for Slough, but Woodford missed a glorious chance to equalise when Johnson latched onto a long kick from Finlay, getting the better of Dave Woozley, but volleying wastefully over the bar.

The hosts were made to pay with a superb individual goal from Steve Sinclair five minutes from time, which wrapped up the points. Danny Murphy intercepted the ball in the left-back position and found Coyne in space in midfield. Coyne played it right to Sinclair, who beat his man and burst towards goal, before firing a bending effort with the outside of his foot from outside the box, which beat Finlay’s despairing dive and found the bottom corner.

Woodford United Lineup


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