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Banbury United Development Women (H)
Sun Apr 2

Match day

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Banbury United Development Women (H)
Sun Apr 2 14:00
Thames Valley Counties Women's Football League

Rebels beaten by Rams in season finale

| League
Att: 314
Beaconsfield Town
Eyango-Bwango (40)
1 - 0
Slough Town
Sam Bateman
A much-changed Slough side was beaten 1-0 by landlords Beaconsfield SYCOB in a drab end-of-season encounter.

With neither side having anything to play for, and Slough looking forward to Thursday's playoff semi-final at Hitchin, this match was never going to be a classic, but Steve Bateman took the opportunity to hand full debuts to defender Ismail Mohamed and prolific striker Tony Mendy, both products of Tony Thompson's successful youth setup.

The much-changed Slough line-up almost fell behind to Beaconsfield early on, but a free header went wide from a corner.

Tony Mendy had a quiet game, though he coped admirably with the big step-up in quality and although the experienced centre-half Ryan Wharton often got the better of him, Mendy almost snaffled a half-chance, but poked the ball wide of goal as Carl Dennison came out to meet him.

A worrying sight was to follow for Slough fans as Steve Sinclair, who has missed the last few games with a leg injury, was replaced by Ben Abbey, leaving the winger a major doubt for Thursday’s playoff match.

Chances were few and far between as both sides struggled with the Holloways Park pitch, which seems to be deteriorating by the game, but SYCOB had an effort chalked off for offside and Ashleigh James turned and fired wide from eight yards, but should have done better.

Mendy flicked a half-chance narrowly over from a Swift cross, but five minutes before the interval, SYCOB scored what proved to be the winning goal. Wide player Steven Eyango-Bwango’s long range strike from the left side deceived captain for the day Jamie Jackson and found the top corner.

In the second half, it would be fair to say the game petered out with neither side looking like registering a goal. The closest Slough came was from a free kick ten yards out, awarded for a deliberate back pass, but Herron’s blast at goal succeeded only in nearly knocking Simon Martin off his feet and rebounding to safety.

Ismail Mohamed, after looking shaky in the first half, improved greatly in the second half and showed some promise, putting in a good tackle on Junior Owusu Akonor as the SYCOB player was in a promising position on the right wing.

Late on, SYCOB hit the post and Adam Bernard was unable to follow up and score as the hosts almost doubled their lead.

Beaconsfield Town Line up

Dennison, Gill, Lennon, Wharton, Fletcher, Ewang, Eyango-Bwango (Mooney), James, Seedel (Owusu-Akonor), Bernard, Vranceanu (Woodham). Subs not used: none.

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