When the team with the best home record meets the team with the best away record no one should have been surprised when the game ended in a draw.
On Saturday February 18th Slough Town entertained AFC Hayes at Beaconsfield
in an EVO-STIK SOUTHERN LEAGUE Central Division game.
With Slough topping the division & AFC Hayes looking to recover their earlier form after a run of 1 point from the last 3 games a typical hard fought game was expected.
Both sides were missing regulars through suspensions Slough started with
ex-football league player Lloyd Owusu who had signed earlier in the week & AFC Hayes with Viktor Asombang who transferred from Didcot Town'
The 1st half started well for AFC Hayes as Ross Ahir,Danny Murphy & Terry Smith sought to control midfield allowing Matt Woods & Viktor Asombang to
push forward looking for an early breakthrough.
Gradually however Slough played themselves back into the game & Owusu had
several good chances to open the scoring for the home team.Slough continued to push forward but the visitors defence played exceptionally well to keep the scores level at half time.
The second half was similar but this time after early Slough pressure AFC Hayes started to assert control & both Woods & Asombang missed half chances to open the scoring.
With debutante Kevin Lema replacing Asombang 15 minutes into the half he quickly showed what an asset he will be to the club with several runs at the Slough defence which on another day might have resulted in a goal.
In a game that for 75 minutes was played in driving rain the main drama was left until the last minutes of the half.
From a corner in the 89th minute the ball ran loose to allow Slough's substitute Ben Abbey to squeeze the ball home.The home side and their supporters were ecstatic thinking they had won 3 points top keep them top of the Central Division but they forgot the cardinal rule - it aint over until the fat lady sings.
With the referee playing time added on AFC Hayes showed their never say die spirit & pushed forward looking for the equaliser & they were rewarded when Matt Woods was upended in the penalty area.
Dominic Rhone showed great coolness as the home side moaned about the decision & once they realised the referee wasn't going to change his mind - do they ever - he calmly scored in the top right hand corner of the goal.
There was still time for more drama as Slough restarted the game the whistle blew & one of the linesmen started walking onto the pitch however the referee had not been happy with the restart & wanted it taken again.This time Slough saw Grant in the home goal off his line & tried a speculative shot that went well wide.There was just time to take the resultant goal kick when the referee ened the game.
A draw was clearly the right result but unfortunately a minority of Slough supporters believe they have some kind of divine right to win every game and by their puerile actions at the end of the game are besmirching the reputation & tradition of a great club.
AFC Hayes:Grant,Oliver Duffy,Rhone.Defty,Tom Duffy,Murphy,Smith,Ahir,Woods,Asombang(Lema)& Connor Duffy.
Subs:Maharjan,Lake,Higgins & Williams