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Slough Town
Gosport Borough
Unknown (14', 34', 40', 72', 81')
Full time
I Onwuachu (36')
Tue 24 Oct 19:45 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Attendance 678

Leaders condemn Gosport to another defeat

Gosport slipped to another defeat as Slough turned over The Boro' 5-1 for the second time this season.

Boro' knew it was going to be tough. A midweek away assignment at league leaders Slough on a 4G pitch was always going to be difficult and so it proved, with the experienced Rebels professionally and clinically picking off their opponents.

Again, however, Mick Catlin had much to be proud of. His team played well and defended stoutly with debut making Eddie Wakely producing an accomplished display and Lewis Watch making several superb saves. There was spirit and character.

But those qualities could do little to quell the charge of the home side who, inspired by the tricky Matt Lench and the clinical finishing of Brad Wadkins and former Havant and Basingstoke striker Manny Williams, proved too much for Gosport to cope with.

slough away (24/10/17)
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A brace from Brad Wadkins gave the home side a 2-0 lead, but Iffy "Dave" Onwauchu pulled one back for the visitors giving the 25 or so travelling Boro' fans real hope their team could get a foothold in the game.

But Manny Williams strike ensured the hosts had a two-goal lead at the half-time interval and a control of the game the hosts would not relinquish. Indeed, the score remained at 3-1 until Wadkins completed his hat trick before being substituted and Williams rubbed further salt in the wounds with a fifth late on.

Boro's night didn't get off to the best start. The team coach was delayed in heavy traffic on the M25 and didn't arrive at the impressive Arbour Park stadium until 7pm. Mick Catlin fielded his new signings Matt Sinclair and Eddie Wakely while confirming that Matt Buse had left the Club. Meanwhile, Slough's former Gosport striker Chris Flood did not face his former employers due to a hamstring injury.

With 678 watching on, Gosport made a lively start but before too long were being probed and tested by a clinical home side. Their biggest headache came in the form of the pony tailed figure of Matt Lench whose free role allowed him to pop up all over the place and for the most part, Boro found him too hot to handle.

After several missed opportunities and a couple of close calls, the deadlock was broken on 14 minutes when Wadkins turned tightly in the Gosport area and produced a neat, tidy finish across the body of Lewis Watch and in.

It was 2-0 soon after with Wadkins being cleverly played through by Williams and the in-form striker lifted the ball past Watch and in.

But Gosport immediately hit back with a poor clearance from home keeper Jack Turner falling nicely to Onwachwu who unleashed a superb diagonal effort which sailed past the stranded keeper and into the far corner.

Gosport then had a strong penalty appeal turned down before a cross-cum-shot from Williams from a tight angle deceived Watch and landed in the back of the net to give Slough a comfortable advantage.

Boro' had been forced to substitute Alfiie Lis who became unwell in the first half and introduced Liam Kimber in his place.

The second half saw Boro' dig in and fight but were gradually pushed further adrift as Wadkins completed his hat trick with a neat lob over Watch before Williams completed the night's misery with a similar finish to his first to make it five.

But the pain wasn't over for the travelling party with the homeward journey once again traffic affected and the tired players and supporters wearily arriving back in Gosport at 1.30am.

Gosport can briefly now forget the league as they turn their attention to the FA Trophy on Saturday when they entertain Bristol Manor Farm at Privett Park.

Key moments

14:00
Goal Goal for Slough Town
34:00
Goal Goal for Slough Town
36:00
Goal Iffy Onwuachu scores for Gosport Borough
40:00
Goal Goal for Slough Town
72:00
Goal Goal for Slough Town
81:00
Goal Goal for Slough Town

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slough away (24/10/17)
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slough away (24/10/17)

Highlights

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81:00 Goal 5 - 1
Goal for Slough Town
72:00 Goal 4 - 1
Goal for Slough Town
63:00 Sub On
Billy Connor is substituted on for Gosport Borough
63:00 Sub Off
Ethan Millar is substituted off for Gosport Borough
46:00 Sub On
Kurt Watts is substituted on for Gosport Borough
46:00 Sub Off
Dale Mason is substituted off for Gosport Borough
End of period 1
40:00 Goal 3 - 1
Goal for Slough Town
36:00 Goal 2 - 1
Iffy Onwuachu scores for Gosport Borough
34:00 Goal 2 - 0
Goal for Slough Town
26:00 Sub On
Liam Kimber is substituted on for Gosport Borough
26:00 Sub Off
Alfie Lis is substituted off for Gosport Borough
14:00 Goal 1 - 0
Goal for Slough Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Slough Town
  • Gosport Borough
  • 0
  • Goal 14:00'
  • Liam Kimber Sub On 26:00'
  • Alfie Lis Sub Off 26:00'
  • Goal 34:00'
  • Iffy Onwuachu Goal 36:00'
  • Goal 40:00'
  • Kurt Watts Sub On 46:00'
  • Dale Mason Sub Off 46:00'
  • Billy Connor Sub On 63:00'
  • Ethan Millar Sub Off 63:00'
  • Goal 72:00'
  • Goal 81:00'

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1
Dorchester Town
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2
1
Bishop's Stortford
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1
0
Merthyr Town
3
1
0
0
Kettering Town
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4
3
Farnborough
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Hitchin Town
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2
Hereford
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# Team Pl Pts
18. Bishop's Stortford 18 18
19. Stratford Town 15 17
20. Dorchester Town 17 16
21. Kings Langley 17 14
22. St Ives Town 17 11
23. Dunstable Town 19 6
24. Gosport Borough 16 1

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