Rebels strike late to defeat Hawks

Slough Town

Slough Town

Goddard (35), Bala (90+1)
Havant & Waterlooville

Havant & Waterlooville

Busari (44)
League Attendance: 436 Matthew Lench
Slough left it late to snatch a winning goal against bottom side Havant & Waterlooville, with new loan signing Steven Bala snatching a last gasp winner, writes Freddie Gatrell.

In what was a frustrating game for the Rebels, Scott Davies’ men will be happy to have left the Arbour Park pitch with all three points, after being pegged back late in the first half.

In what was a cagey and slow opening 25 minutes, there was little to separate both sides, with chances few and far between. The first major chance fell to the visitors, with a sloppy Munashe Sundire back-pass being seized upon by Kierran Phillips, with the midfielder’s effort clearing both Dan Lincoln and the crossbar.

This early scare seemed to awaken the laboured Rebels. Quick thinking from Matt Lench with a throw-in gave Nathan Minhas the opportunity to advance into the Havant box and lay the ball off for Johnny Goddard, who had time and space to fire low into the bottom corner, out of the reach of Ross Worner in the 35th minute.

This early goal seemed to see the Rebels slot into gear, with a firm stop from Worner denying captain Josh Jackman from close range.

This late half pressure was cancelled out very much against the run of play, with the Hawks hitting back from close range, courtesy of Billie Busari right on the stroke of half time. Sundire appeared to have been fouled in the build-up by Roarie Deacon, but play continued and a low ball across the face of goal from the left side was turned home by Busari.

In what was a laboured performance for most of the second 45 minutes, it was Slough who dominated possession but to little avail, with wayward passing regularly cutting attacks short.

Ten minutes into the second half, Leon Chambers-Parillon was hugely unlucky to see his thunderous half-volley from the edge of the box tipped over the bar from Worner.

The latter stages of the half were hugely frustrating for the Rebels, with little threat posed by either side. Ryan Seager’s effort in the 77th minute cleared Dan Lincoln’s goal and second half substitute Bala provided an easy save for Worner.

But the key chance of the match fell right at the death. Josh Jackman launched a throw into the Havant box and another substitute, Mickel Platt turned his man and got in a low shot which Worner spilled. The ball landed at the feet of Bala to tap the ball into the back of the net, causing pandemonium under the lights of Arbour Park.

Next up for the Rebels is another home match against Braintree Town, where Scott Davies’ men will be hopeful they can make it three wins on the bounce.

Image: George Beck

Havant & Waterlooville Lineup

Worner (c), Stanley, Innocent, McNerney, Phillips (Jewitt-White 84), Seager, Busari, Jebb, Berkeley-Agyepong, Zouma, Deacon (Roberts 67). Unused substitutes: Stedman, Baker, Mahammad-Kier.


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