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Arlesey's view on the match


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taken from the Arlesey website:




With Slough collecting eight points from their last six matches they are in an indifferent

run of form at the moment. Unlike when the two teams met earlier in the season. Slough came

to Hitchin Rd with a run of nine games unbeaten from the start of the season, and went home


With just a couple of changes from Tuesday nights emphatic win over Tilbury, Nicky Ironton

selects a balanced side, with plenty in reserve on the bench if he needs it.


A shaky start by the home defence allowed Arlesey to push them back intro their own box in

the opening minutes. But Slough came back and forced a couple of corners which were ably


Sloppy defending gave Barry Dellar a shot at goal but he didn't really get hold of it, then

Dean Harding was just inches away from connecting to all ball that skipped across the six

yard box

When Slough did break Winston shot hard and low against the foot of the post, as Arlesey had

a lucky escape.

After 15 minutes the game was evenly balanced. Slough got two quick yellow cards for tackles

which took too much of the player and not enough of the ball.

On 21 minutes Dave Hatchett replaced the injured Lee Tekell

And a minute later Barry Dellar put the ball in the net but had it disallowed for offside.

Then Steve Magona was next to be cautioned.

Craig Mackail-Smith ran down the left and crossed for Dean Harding, whose first time shot

spun wide of the goal.

Slough took the lead on thirty minutes, a free kick which should have gone Arleseys way went

against them and Tony Boot headed past Patching and a rather static defence for a 1-0 lead.

Seconds later it could have been two but for the inside of the post with the defence at sixes

and sevens.

And a brave save from Martyn Patching stopped another attempt on goal.

The match got into a rut as the referee saw reason to stop the game at every single

opportunity to the frustration of both sides.

Arlesey, a little relieved to go in just one goal down with Slough having hit the woodwork


At half time Karl Spring replaced Mitch Parratt.

Craig Mackail-Smith created another chance for Arlesey feeding the ball to the near post,

Barry Dellar just beaten to the ball.

Slough replied with two very close misses, catching Arlesey on the break.

A Dean Harding free-kick was pushed over the bar by Blake, both sides shaped up for a corner.

But as none of the officials saw the keeper palm the ball over the bar, a goal kick was given.

Arlesey pressured and gained free-kicks and corners but had yet to really test goalkeeper Blake.

Arlesey lost Matt Corbould in a 'pre-free kick' goalmouth melee, in which it was very

difficult to see what happened.

From the free kick Craig Reynolds shot was headed on and just wide by Dave Hatchett.

With the extra man Slough sprang back into life and Martyn Patching did well to block a

vicious drive. More pressure from the home side ensued and their best chance to go further

ahead was ballooned over from one yard.

On 66 minutes Barry Dellar was replaced by Tony Fontenelle.

The game went beyond Arleseys reach in the 72nd minute following a good passing move from the

hosts Williams curled the ball into the top corner of Patchings goal.

Slough then lost Williams just after the goal for a harmless looking challenge on Tony


The hosts were quick to shrug this off and increase the score when Bubb broke through from

just inside the Arlesey half, giving Patching no chance.

With Slough comfortable at 3-0, Arlesey were getting forward but to no avail.

Winston chopped down Dillnutt and everyone expected to see another red card, but not Dillnutt

who was penalised with a straight red for his reaction to the challenge. Winston received no


The match died at that moment, but the officials continued to stop the game at every


The final whistle couldn't come quick enough, as nine man Arlesey left the pitch in a very

bewildered state.

The first goal was clearly offside and the second should have been a free kick to, and not

against the Blues. Having said that Slough always looked more likely to score but it was a

farcical match, and best forgotten.




Boot's goal was offside??? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> don't think so....

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What a fairy tale.....


Wonder what was written about their lucky win at home ??? against us .......


Ref was poor , but Slough were in control and deserved 3 points ....


I think this man thought they should have won !!!!!



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