Rebels defeated at Hardenhuish Park

Chippenham Town

Chippenham Town

Windsor (26), McClure (62)
Slough Town

Slough Town

Jackman (45+4)
League Attendance: 761
A goal just after the hour mark saw Slough suffer a 2-1 defeat on the road to Chippenham Town on Bank Holiday Monday, writes Sam Pryke.

Matt McClure scored with his first touch after being introduced from the bench after being teed up by Luke Spokes’ deep cross from the right.

The Rebels searched for an equaliser but were met by some resolute defending by the hosts.

Matthew Lench – making his 200th appearance for the club off the bench – provided a cross which David Ogbonna headed towards goal, only for Will Henry to acrobatically palm away.

In added time, George Alexander found space inside the box, and as he pulled the trigger the Chippenham defence blocked the goal-bound strike.

The Rebels had started the match brightly; Nathan Minhas’ bullet header forced Chippenham stopper Will Henry into a fine save after a delightful cross from the left by Alexander.

On 13 minutes, Slough went even closer to opening the scoring but for some fine defending.

A high corner from the right by Johnny Goddard was met by Dan Bayliss, who bulleted a header beyond the helpless Henry, only for a defender to dig the ball out of danger on the line.

The hosts looked threatening on the counterattack; skipper Eddie Jones rattled the bar after a fortuitous cross was headed goalwards.

Immediately after, Goddard broke down the left and struck a low effort which Henry was equal to.

Moments later, Slough went agonisingly close to opening the scoring which their play deserved.

Temi Eweka found himself in the opposing box and couldn’t divert the ball into the net from a few yards out.

On 25 minutes, the Rebels shot themselves in the foot after substitute Gabe George tripped Craig Fasanmade in the penalty area to give the hosts a golden chance to take the lead.

Despite Rohan Luthra saving the initial spot kick, Owen Windsor followed up to put the ball into the net against the run of play.

Slough responded well; Goddard struck the base of the post after some fine footwork, weaving between the Chippenham backline.

But in first half added time, the Rebels got the goal they deserved.

After a sustained period of pressure from multiple corners, Dan Bayliss did well to keep the ball alive, hooking it back into the danger zone where David Ogbonna’s strike deflected off Josh Jackman and into the net in front of the jubilant Rebel Army.

Despite some dominant spells in the first half, Slough will rue the missed opportunities that they carved out in the game.

They found a sterner Chippenham defence after the hosts regained the lead, who were happy to absorb pressure as they looked to catch Slough on the counterattack.

The Rebels will now turn their attention to Tonbridge Angels this Saturday, as they look to get three points on the board at Arbour Park.

Chippenham Town Lineup

Will Henry, Eddie Jones (c), Freddie Grant, Craig Fasanmade, Luke Haines, Tyreke Johnson, Owen Windsor, Mal Nicholls, Luke Spokes, Nat Williams, Will King. Substitutes: Jake Evans, Matt McClure, Leighton Tuodolo, Caine Bradbury, George Abbott.


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