Slough defeated at league leaders

Ebbsfleet United

Ebbsfleet United

Cundle (61), Bingham (71)
Slough Town

Slough Town

League Attendance: 1048 Rhys Forster
The Rebels suffered defeat on the road as league leaders Ebbsfleet United win 2-0 on a cold and blustery afternoon at the Kuflink Stadium, writes David Tancred.

The game started off with Ebbsfleet having all the ball in Slough’s half but no real chances to show for it.

Slough had their first shot of the game on 13 minutes as Aaron Kuhl struck the ball from a tight angle in the box with the ball ending up in the side netting.

On 22 minutes, Aaron Kuhl went close again with the number 20 twisting and turning on the edge of the area before striking the ball just over Mark Cousins’ goal.

On 32, Rhys Forster was called into action as Ebbsfleet tried to hit the Rebels with a quick counterattack through Omari Sterling-James, with the number 7’s effort being tipped away by the Slough keeper.

Ebbsfleet continued piling on the pressure with George Hunt heading the ball off the line on 35 minutes from an Ebbsfleet corner.

Forster kept the game goalless going into the break with another fine stop to parry Toby Edser’s effort away from goal.

On 52 minutes, Ebbsfleet were claiming for a penalty after the ball struck Guy Hollis’ arm, but his arm was in a natural position and the referee waved away the claims.

The Rebels keeper was again called into action on 56 minutes, getting down low to provide a magnificent save from Dominic Poleon at close range.

Slough fought for their lives to keep Ebbsfleet's attacks out, however the hosts finally broke through on 61 minutes when Greg Cundle drove the ball low from inside the left-hand side of the box to the far corner.

On 65, Gabe George provided some brilliant last ditch defending, denying Sterling-James from doubling Ebbsfleet’s lead.

Forster produced yet another spectacular save with Ebbsfleet forward Rakish Bingham finding himself in behind the Slough defence in the box, with the keeper making himself big to deny Bingham and guide the ball out for a corner.

Bingham doubled the lead for Ebbsfleet on 71 minutes as Sterling-James provided a low cross into the striker, who slotted the ball past Forster.

In stoppage time, Ebbsfleet nearly scored a third through Dominic Poleon but the forward’s effort struck the post with the rebound being headed off the line by Lee Togwell.

Despite the defeat, the Rebels away fans never lost their voice providing incredible support throughout the match.

Slough will now look to turn their fortunes around in the next game at home to Concord Rangers on Tuesday night.

Ebbsfleet United Lineup

Mark Cousins, Luke O’Neill, Joe Martin (Franklin Domi 76), Omari Sterling-James (Darren McQueen 73), Christian N’Guessan, Rakish Bingham, Craig Tanner, Dominic Poleon, Greg Cundle (Ben Chapman 80), Toby Edser, Haydn Hollis. Unused substitutes: Sido Jombati, Shaq Coulthirst.


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