A brisk and damp day at Victoria Park as Slade attempted to get over the disappointing previous outing. An upbeat dressing room was relaxed and ready to get the season back on track.
The trademark Slade start kept Turners Hill pinned back in the early stages. With lots of half chances presenting themselves nothing really fell for Slade. The first notable incident in the first half was when Slade Goalkeeper Richard O'Brien took offence to the Strikers challenge which resulted in a heated argument and yellow card for dissent . Luckily Rich didn't give him a lock-in otherwise Turners Hill would have had to ball him out the Aztec zone with a crystal! John Boddy followed him into the book later on in the half after further dissent. 0-0 at half-time
With the score still at deadlock and Turners Hill not causing any attacking threat Nozinhio made his first sub of the game on 60 minutes. John Boddy was replaced by Nathan Cook. Two minutes later and Slade took the lead. An incisive run by Sean Trend was halted by an illegal tackle. From pitch-side we were unsure if Petal was in the box but after tiny bit of confusion the referee pointed to the spot. Up stepped the Karl Boffey who calmly slotted low into the corner. 1-0
Only 2 minutes later and Slade doubled the lead. Sean Trend robbed the Turners Hill centre-half 20 yards out, advanced on goal and expertly rolled the ball to the keepers left. 2-0. Petal than ran to the sidelines in jubilant celebration and ruffled his proud girlfriends hair before slapping her in the face. We hope the slap was accidental! Slade could breathe easier now with a 2 goal lead.
One minute later and the game was out of sight for Tuners Hill. Jacob Everett sprinted down the line with a trademark run, drove into the box and was upended as he tried to cut inside. Penalty number two! Up stepped the James Collins look-a-like again, who rolled the ball into the same corner as his previous penalty. However the referee noticed an infringement and ordered a retake. The Boff stepped up yet again and rolled the ball the SAME way. The 'keeper will be having nightmares about that this evening. 3-0 this time!
After 70 minutes Sean Trend was replaced by a returning Veenaye Munsarum. The captains armband was passed to a delighted Dr Bison (Neil Shelley). This seemed to inspire the Bison even more as he started going on long mazy runs, having 30 yard shots and spraying Hollywood balls around the pitch. "Paul Scholes at his best" someone shouted from the side-lines. More like Jan Molby. Whatever it was "Hollywood-Bison" had stepped up another level.
Final sub of the afternoon was new Father Dave Riley who made a long awaited comeback to get some match time for the last 10 minutes. Slade put the icing on the cake in the 84th minute when Karl Boffey grabbed his hat-trick after Veenaye Munsarum had a shot well saved by the Turner's Goalkeeper. 4-0.
Further chances went begging for Slade in the closing stages. In particular "Jigsaw" Jamal Hanson who did brilliantly to work an opportunity only for him to strike miles wide from 7 yards out. Luckily he is excellent in his own box!
A comfortable day the office for Slade who were rarely troubled in the game. In a post match press conference manager Paul Norris said: "Bouncing back with 3 points was very much the order of the day. While there could of been a little more urgency in our tempo, the control of the game and our formation was faultless and for 90minutes too, which hasn't happened too often this season."
"The back four, while under worked, were first to everything and made excellent use of the ball. From an attacking point of view we did a lot of the right things, against stiffer opposition we will need to be a little sharper and a lot more ruthless. A long trip next week to polegate, although we are playing catch up, all we can do is win our games and see where it takes us."