Unbeaten for four games on the bounce the mighty 5’s travelled to Slough with two thoughts clear in their mind. First, a win would see us climb further away from the threat of relegation setting us up for an assault on those higher up the league after the break. Second, we had drawn our last two games in disappointing circumstances, and we needed to be more clinical up front.
As has been a familiar theme in past weeks the fives got off to a fast start immediately establishing their high press and putting the slough defence under the pump. This was to pay dividends almost immediately as a mistake led to Hawk’s first goal. A dream start.
We were unable to truly cash in on our early dominance though and following a rapid exchange of goals just before and after half time the score-line was 2-2 and the Hawks were in danger of throwing away a game against opposition we had the ability to beat.
It was now our turn to be put under pressure. A series of goal line clearances and keeper heroics kept us in it but the signs looked bleak.
The fives were able to rally though knowing that our game plan was designed to pay dividends in the final portion of the game. As it had against Milton Keynes only a few weeks previously.
Once the ship was settled, we began to counterattack with pace and aggression. A sudden flurry of goals and two cards for Slough settled the game and left the score-line at a respectable 6-2. It should be pointed out that one of these goals went to our now free scoring captain who continues to demonstrate that he was only playing at full back previously so as not to show up the other strikers at the club.
There were a number of standout moments on the day. There was Ash scoring his first goal of the campaign along with numerous defensive heroics by our keeper and centre back pairing.
A big shout out must go to Bas for scoring a hattrick in his farewell game as he travels to Alaska until February. An honourable mention must also go to Tom Underwood for purposefully fluffing two golden opportunities so as not to detract from the hattrick of our departing striker.
The fives now move on to Windsor looking to cap off an excellent second portion to the first half of the season and set us up for a charge up the league after Christmas.