MATCH REPORT: Chippenham Town 2-1 Slough Town | National League South | Monday 28th August 2023
The Bank Holiday crowd of 761 was treated to an end to end game that saw the Bluebirds just come out in front thanks to a great all round team effort including another inspired performance from keeper Will Henry.
For the second home match running a controversial refereeing decision cost the Bluebirds a goal.
On this occasion after indicating three minutes of first half stoppage time, despite no obvious time wasting, injuries, yellow cards etcetera referee Matthew Jackson played five minutes extra and in the fifth of those the Rebels equalized.
As early as the first minute Tyrese Dyce’s shot forced Henry to tip the ball over the bar.
At the other end Luke Spokes’ corner found Owen Windsor who shot wide.
On eight minutes a strong run from inside his own half by Spokes saw his shot deflected behind by Dyce.
Two minutes later good work down the left by George Alexander (who scored four goals in the reverse fixture last season) saw his cross met by Nathan Minas but from close range Henry again came out on top.
From the resulting corner Dan Bayliss saw his headed effort cleared off the line.
On nineteen minutes Eddie Jones’ cross cum shot hit the crossbar.
Henry then palmed away an effort from Johnny Goddard whilst Temi Eweke’s placed the ball wide from close range.
On twenty five minutes substitute George Gabe fouled Craig Fasanmade in the area and Owen Windsor, in the absence of Matt McClure, stepped up to take the penalty. His spot kick was saved by on-loan Cardiff City keeper Rohan Luthra but Windsor followed up to force the ball home.
Just past the half hour mark Henry saved a shot from Minhas whilst Spokes’ corner saw Freddie Grant stoop to head wide.
On thirty six minutes Goddard’s curling shot hit a post.
In the fifth minute of stoppage time the Rebels were awarded a corner which led to a goalmouth scramble with Josh Jackman’s shot appearing to be touched home by Alexander.
HALF TIME: Chippenham Town 1-0 Slough Town
After the break David Ogbonna’s shot on the turn went wide whilst a Rebels free kick was headed wide by Eweke.
On fifty eight minutes Fasanmade cut in but fired wide. On the hour Alexander cut in from the right and his curling shot was just off target.
The winning goal came on sixty two minutes through a lovely move involving Fasanmade and Spokes and the latter’s low cross was tapped in by McClure who had only been on the pitch for a minute or so.
As Slough went in search of another equalizer Goddard shot high whilst Jean Mal Prosper’s headed effort was well-saved by Henry.
On seventy one minutes substitute Matt Lench, making his 200th appearance for the Berkshire side, found Ogbonna whose headed effort was tipped behind by Henry.
In stoppage time Alexander’s effort was blocked as the Bluebirds held on for the three points.
FULL TIME: Chippenham Town 2-1 Slough Town
Chippenham: Will Henry, Eddie Jones, Freddie Grant, Luke Haines, Nat Williams, Luke Spokes (Jake Evans 72), Mal Nicholls, Tyreke Johnson, Will King, Craig Fasanmade, Owen Windsor (Matt McClure 60) subs not used: Leighton Tuodolo, Caine Bradbury, George Abbott
Slough: Rohan Luthra, Josh Jackman, Dan Bayliss, Jean Mal Prosper (Ollie Spicer 86), Nathan Minas, Johnny Goddard (Matt Lench 67), Scotty Davies, Temi Eweke, Tyrese Dyce (Gabe George 16), David Ogbonna, George Alexander subs not used: Joe Dandy, Leon Chambers-Parillon
Ref: Matthew Jackson
Ass Refs: James Welsh, Adam McAndy