Slough begin new year with draw

Slough Town

Slough Town

Jackman (54), Lench (73)
Oxford City

Oxford City

Benyon (28), Harmon (77)
League Attendance: 1106 Tyler Goodrham
Slough Town opened the new year with a draw against league leaders Oxford City at Arbour Park.

After falling behind to Elliott Benyon’s first half header, Slough fought back with goals from Josh Jackman and Matt Lench in the second half, but George Harmon levelled the scores to deny Jon Underwood and Neil Baker’s side all three points.

The result was gained despite the Rebels not being at their fluent best, but Slough were more than worthy of the point against a side which came into the match unbeaten on their travels, and will surely be in the hunt for promotion at the end of the season.

Naming the same starting line-up as that which defeated Hampton & Richmond Borough the previous Tuesday, Slough had the first attempt on goal when on-loan Tyler Goodrham got in a shot on his left foot which Ben Dudzinski saved easily.

The Rebels later went close after Lench had swung in a corner kick. George Hunt returned the ball toward goal with a header from the edge of the box, but the ball came back off the post.

Slough were looking comfortable against the top side until Benyon, scorer of an outrageous long-range goal on Boxing Day, found space to head home a cross from Josh Ashby just before the half hour point.

The Rebels were unable to fashion a response in the first half, but early in the second Guy Hollis was once again instrumental in setting up a goal thanks to a long throw.

Hollis launched the ball into the penalty area and, after it was flicked on to the far post, Josh Jackman turned to hook the ball past Dudzinski.

Momentum was with the Rebels, and Aaron Kuhl flashed a shot wide before combining with Goodrham and playing in a dangerous low cross which was too close to the keeper.

Freddie Grant then tested Dudzinski from distance, but the keeper was able to turn his strike behind.

But Slough deservedly went in front on 73 minutes, with Hollis again causing havoc with a long throw. This time, Togwell rose highest to nod the ball down for Lench, who was able to take a touch and beat Dudzinski.

However, Slough were unable to hold on to their lead and were pegged back when Harmon lashed a fierce drive past Jonathan North at his near post after he ghosted in on the blind side of the Rebels’ defence as the ball was nodded through for him.

The result means Slough sit in 11th place, a couple of places outside the playoff places, setting up an intriguing second half to the season.

Oxford City Lineup

Ben Dudzinski, George Harmon, Josh Ashby, Daniel Matsuzaka, Lewis Coyle (Jacob Bancroft 74), Reece Fleet (c), Elliott Benyon (Ewan Clark 90+1), Zac McEachran (Alfie Potter 83), Joe Iaciofano, Jack Davies, Canice Carroll. Unused substitutes: Charlie Rowan, Harry Kyprianou.


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