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Eastleigh 0-4 Slough Town


After the midweek game, where we played poorly, we travelled to Eastleigh in a very pessimistic state of mind, questions along the line of ‘How many will we lose by?’ were being bandied around before kick off. Well, as I said in my previous report, ‘Football has a habit of kicking you in the teeth” it also has a habit of shocking and surprising you, luckily today the latter quote was the correct one. Eddie had made some changes from our previous game; they were: Parkin in goal for the injured Allaway; Carbon starting at right back and Spencer dropping back into midfield instead of Hakki, whilst Matt Seedel started up front.

Slough kicked off the more positive of the two sides, and seemed comfortable in possession, before the opener Harris has shot just over and had a free-kick well saved whilst Spencer was unlucky to have a shot, via a corner, cleared off the line. Slough always looked the more likely to score and the first goal arrived via Alex Haddow; Hodgey ran at the defence and played a defence splitting ball to ‘the mullet’ who advanced on the ‘keeper and sent a shot fizzing past him into the right hand side of the goal. 1-0 20 minutes played. Slough continued their dominance and were playing the ball around with ease, so much so that the Eastleigh players were trying to revert to bully-boy tactics, Murphy was cynically brought down by Paul Sales, and after giving Sales a push both players were booked. Smith was also booked for Eastleigh after failing to retreat 10 yards from another free-kick, when the kick was finally taken, it was deflected off the wall but Alex was there again to smack the ball past the flailing keeper. 2-0 32 mins. Glen Harris was rapidly becoming a major threat to the Eastleigh defence firing over twice within the space of 5 minutes; however, as they say it’s ‘third time lucky’ and this proved so; in the 42nd minute he advanced on Webber (The Eastleigh ‘keeper) who parried harris’ resulting shot back to him, and Chopper duly slotted the ball into the empty net. Half time Slough 3-0 Eastleigh.

Slough ran out in the 2nd half fielding an unchanged side, and were again the dominant team, Alex Haddow and Josy were constantly threatening down the wings, and the Eastleigh defence seemed unable to deal with their speed and skill. Spencer and Seedel were both unlucky to score; Spencer having a good shot saved and Seedy unlucky to hit the bar, with the ball bouncing down and being cleared off the line. Slough’s dominance finally paid off as some great play led to Glen Harris playing a square ball to Alex (The man with 80,000 friends) who drove the ball confidently across the keeper and into the net, via the far post. A truly superb hat trick and the first hat-trick from a Rebel this season! I handed Webber the Mars bar I promised him if he let in a fourth and he gratefully consumed half before throwing the rest into the back of the net! The game turned into an exhibition match, Slough were playing Eastleigh off the park, and looked in a different class to the Hampshire club, Eastleigh’s only real chance of the game was a shot that Metcalfe blocked and luckily hit the crossbar. Final Score Eastleigh 0-4 Slough Town


Slough were superb today, and considering Eastleigh are nearly a whole division above us; if we can recreate this kind of form, we are still in with a good shot of a play off place.


Man Of The Match: Alex Haddow. The best a Slough player has performed all season; special mention to Christian Metcalfe, who after a poor match on Tuesday, was utterly brilliant today and controlled the centre of the park.

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Excellent attendance as well yesterday. 372 is Eastleigh's second highest home league gate of the season (after Wealdstone on August Bank Holiday Monday; 402). Although its not our longest trip of the season, after Tuesday night it was great to see so many fans making the trip. And we made some noise in the second half which is always nice!!!

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That was brillant - more than made up for the horrendous train journey. We ripped Eastleigh apart, and it could have been 5 or 6 nil. Thought Parkin was good again, which is handy cos it looks like Allayway could be off to Derby.

Very impressed with the Eastleigh set up - did you see the four course meal the corporate guests were getting! They even had bloody advertising on the golden goal tickets, and one local said he had been at the Southampton game earlier leafeting to encourage people to come to Eastleigh. And their fans sang throughout despite getting thrashed - i think the club will go a long way.



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thanks for saying themnice things about us and cheers for saying about thedrummers cos im one of them we have got a nice set up but not many fans i helped down st amrys aswell but most of saints fans just ripped the [censored] outtame owell

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I thought they were a decent bunch of fans too. Considering they took an almighty pasting there was very little moaning.


Nice ground with huge potential for expansion. I'm not jealous, obviously the local council care and are supportive. <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/afro.gif" alt="" />

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Superb game and result for the 'REBELS'saw my nephews for first time in over a year now living in Southampton they were very impressed also winning a tenner on the coach.

Well done Alex with a fine hat-trick but must admit it looked as though Eastleigh wanted to give him the freedom of the town he was given so much space to play in he was'nt closed down once all afternoon Matt Seedel was unlucky hitting the post and crossbar his luck must change just like Matty Miller when in front of goal they seem to freeze.

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