About Match

Paul Doswell’s side made one change from last Saturday, with Clifford replacing Chambers-Parillon but academy star Leon Baker was called up for the first time and starts on the bench. Collins returns from a small hamstring problem he picked up at Tonbridge and starts on the bench. The Hawks lined up in 4-3-3 on a bitter day at Arbour Park as we started our FA Trophy journey.

It was a decent start for the Hawks with the best chance coming when McCarthy’s header was just over the bar. It went downhill for the Hawks when Rooney’s back pass was too light, leading to the Irish defender taking down Kuhl in the box. After some confusion, Rooney received red and the penalty was converted by Kuhl.

Slough led at the break despite Wright’s good effort around the 40th minute. Hawks needed a big second half, as Baker and Chambers-Parillon warmed up at half time. Slough started the second half with the first big chance when Harris cut inside of the Hawks box but the near post effort was wide of Mannion’s goal.

A quiet twenty minutes for both sides was followed by Mannion being called into action when he beat Tenconi in a one on one. Mannion pulled off another great save just before the 90th minute mark when Tenonci tested the shotstopper.

Roberts came close in stoppage time as he tested North from outside the box but it was just wide, and that was Hawks’ last opportunity as our FA Trophy journey ended after a tough afternoon in Slough.


A quick start for James Roberts as he shot just over the bar within the first minute but it was offside. A few minutes later, Slough forward Tenconi picked the ball high up the pitch but the effort was lobbed over the bar.

In the 10th minute, Clifford dinked the ball into the box but McCarthy’s header was over the bar. There were two yellow cards shown to Slough for Nisbet and Kuhl’s challenges on Roberts.

Chaos unravelled as a poor back pass by Rooney led to him putting in a rash challenge on Kuhl, leading to a red card and a penalty. Kuhl converted the spot kick in the 30th minute. Green replaced Baggie after Rooney walked off the pitch.

Hawks found their feet and a corner led to a great strike by Wright but it was saved well by North. That was the Hawks’ best chance since the sending off as the half ended 1-0.

HT – Slough Town 1 Hawks 0

 Clifford started off the second half when he picked up the ball in the box but both attempts were blocked, by the Slough defence moments before a good chance for Slough as Harris cuts inside and shot near post but it was wide of the Hawks goal.

The Rebels had the majority of possession in the first twenty minutes of the half, which was an uneventful portion of the game – Clifford made way for Nicky Bailey just before Roberts’ free kick which was over the heads of everyone.

Mannion was called into action when Tenconi was one-on-one but the ‘keeper came out on top and nicked it from the feet of the striker. Joe Newton had a good chance 10 minutes before the whistle as the ball fell to him on the wing but his effort was blocked wide.

Paul Doswell replaced defender Green with Chambers-Parillon with five minutes to go to try and grab the equaliser. Minutes later, there was another great save by Mannion who saves Tenconi’s close effort.

Roberts came close to equalising in stoppage time from outside the box, but it wasn’t enough.

FT – Slough Town 1 Hawks 0

Hawks XI: Mannion, Passley, Oastler, McCarthy, Rooney, Clifford, Baggie, Newton, Gobern, Wright, Roberts

Hawks Subs: Green, Read, Searle (GK), Collins, Bailey, Baker, Chambers-Parillon


Slough XI: North, Jackman, Grant, Nisbet, Togwell, Worsfold, Lench, Harris, Tenconi, Davies, Kuhl

Slough Subs: Hunt, Kayani, Fraser, Goueth, Lawal, George, Rose


Written By: Adam Nixon