Match Report - Hemel Hempstead Town (Home - League)
By David Hamlet
Rebels back to winning ways
1 - 0 (71m, Lee Togwell)
Slough Town: Jack Turner, Josh Jackman (GK), yellow), George Wells, Sam Togwell, Mark Nisbet, Lee Togwell, Matty Lench (yellow), Billy Clifford, Danny Roberts (75m, Francis Amartey) , Manny Williams (66m, Chris Flood), Warren Harris
Unused substitutes: Sean Fraser, Simon Dunn, Louie Soares
Hemel Hempstead Town: Laurie Walker (GK), Jacques Kpohomouh, Darren Ward, Frankie Musonda, Joe Howe, Arthur Read, Kieran Monlouis, Jordan Parker (C), Kavan Cotter, Leon Lobjolt, Arel Amu
Substitutes: George Paulin, Oliver Swain, Jack Snelus, Sanchez Watt, Matteo Mendy
note: details of Hemel substitutions not known
note: details of Hemel Hempstead yellow cards not known
STFC Match Report written by Sam Collard
Lee Togwell’s second half strike gave the Rebels all three points against Hemel Hempstead at Arbour Park.
After a stale first half, the Rebels came to life in the second half and claimed a deserved win – only their second League victory of the year so far.
The first chance of the game would fall to Slough in the fourth minute as debutant Daniel Roberts – making his first appearance for the Rebels having scored 30 goals for Windsor this season - burst into the box, but his effort was deflected.
The Rebels would again have a sight of goal in the eighth minute as a well-worked corner found Mark Nisbet free at the back-post. His volley was hit cleanly but flew just wide of the post.
Slough limited their visitors largely to efforts from distance with the first coming in the 12th minute, however Jack Turner was equal to the attempt.
The best chance of the first half fell to Slough in the 18th minute. After a flurry of chances the ball fell to Matty Lench who chipped the ball over the goalkeeper only to see his effort cleared away on the line.
It was not until the 41st minute that there would be another sight of goal, as Billericay loanee Billy Clifford clipped the ball into the path of Manny Williams, but his effort was easily saved.
At the break the two sides were level with Slough largely controlling proceedings.
The second half started brightly for Slough as Lee Togwell found space on the edge of the box. His effort was saved with Roberts, following up, unable to turn the ball home.
Roberts was in the middle of the action just minutes later as he was played through on goal, but once again his goal-bound effort was blocked.
Chances dried up until the 67th minute when Roberts once again found his way into the Hemel Hempstead box. Running at great pace, his effort was scuffed wide of the mark.
The Rebels continued to mount significant pressure on the Hemel defence, and almost took the lead with twenty minutes remaining as Clifford expertly weaved his way through to a shooting position, only to be denied by Hemel goalkeeper Laurie Walker.
Slough’s pressure finally paid dividends shortly after. Lee Togwell thrusted his way through the Hemel backline and calmly finished to give Slough a deserved lead.
Debutant Francis Amartey, who signed National League forms this week after leaving Birmingham City, had his first attempt blocked after a powerful run into the box.
The final ten minutes saw Slough attempting to run the clock down to ensure all three points were gained. Josh Jackman came to the rescue with seven minutes remaining to stop a Hemel counter attack and keep Slough ahead.
The Rebels were able to see through the remainder of the game to secure their first League win since January