WOW WOW WOW!!
BIGGLESWADE TOWN 3 v SLOUGH TOWN 5
Report by Mike Draxler
To re-create the excitement of the game is going to be impossible. The ingredients not too much new, just an outfield player in goal and the visitors Slough, top five and always a very good side.
Unlike Gosport and Banbury, the common knowledge of our lack of qualified stopper put Slough in the driving seat as early as 7. A mix up no blame attached as Chris Flood opened the scoring. The Wader's game plan of keeping the ball tight up against the opponents goal line was not working. Slough worked a percentage game and put the ball into the home area, low, high, put enough in and conversion into goals will come. Countless crosses and passes went in but only 2 more successful strikes through Flood again and Manny Williams on 37. At the break and 3-0 the game looked beyond repair.
Excuses you can make, and the common one would be Slough took their foot off the gas. I much prefer Biggleswade put their foot on the gas and forced Slough backwards. Whatever happened or was said during the half time break, role reversal of the teams, Biggleswade coming close to pulling off a sensation.
The Waders had the Slough boys up on the ropes, as to a man, determination and sheer guts carried wave after wave of Wader pressure. Notice given early on by Jack Bowen when his fierce shot hit the post. Just the 54 gone and Nathan Hicks pops up far side to score with a half volley as the Slough defence are in disarray. 4 on, and this time Connor Hall sees the whites of their eyes as his flick header drags the contest back into reality with just the one goal separation. The excitement unbearable as the locals cheer on their team. As the Waders push forward, the inevitable happens with Slough catching the home guard all over the place as a superb cross comes in for Flood to complete his hat trick on 64. Disappointment, yes but wait the Waders ramp it up another notch, that goal a minor setback. Slough had panic written all over them desperate for a man in orange( we wore our away kit last evening) to stop harassing. But harass they did as a powerful header from Bowen smacked the bar. Screams were heard at every Wader attack the expectation beyond belief. Greg Kaziboni next up with a shot from outside the box made it 3-4 with fifteen to go. Wow this was roller coaster PLUS. Press and press the Waders were fantastic, unless you had no pulse you had to be caught up by the total excitement of what was happening. On 92 Perry Coles broke and scored, no matter the game was done. A standing ovation for all that had taken part, the referee Paul Forrester and his assistants got a cheer. It was brilliant and you had to be there to feel all the emotions in 90 minutes.
Kings Langley Thursday, whatever happens to the Waders, repeat this and we will all need the nurse.
MOM The whole squad including the management.