A FRANTIC second half saw Blues forced to settle for a point against play-off chasing Slough at a snow-bound ProKit UK Stadium, on Saturday.
With a coloured ball and blue lines, the efforts of Stortford’s ground crew to get the game on and willingness of the referee to play the match were rewarded with an excellent game, and none of the 289 crowd could go home thinking they had been short-changed.
While the game saw the end of Blues’ four game winning streak at home, they have proved to be a thorn in the side of the Rebels having taken four points from arguably their oldest rivals in the Evo-Stik South Premier.
After a quiet start there then were plenty of near misses. Jamie Cureton hit the side netting quickly followed by Slough’s Manny Williams striking the bar.
On the half-hour George Casey for the hosts hit the far upright with a shot across the six yard box but it was the visitors who shaded the play in the first half.
Darren Foxley went close before youngster Alfie Mason put the Blues ahead in the 53rd minute with a powerful shot past keeper Jack Turner’s dive.
The celebrations by Mason’s older team-mates for his first senior goal for the Blues epitomised the team spirit that Watson appears to have built despite a season that has seen budget cuts and being forced to rely on young players.
Two minutes later Perry Coles hit the base of a post for Slough and Calum Kitscha produced an excellent save to keep out a James Dobson free-kick.
Stortford battled back strongly and retook the lead in the 81st minute when Darren Foxley’s low 23 yard drive beat Turner. Ben Harris struck the bar two minutes later from close rangebut Slough took a share of the point when Perry Coles, who looked clearly offside when collecting a Mark Nisbet through pass to run on, but ran on and beat Kitscha with just two minutes of normal time remaining.
STORTFORD: Calum Kitscha; George Casey; Tom Clifford; Mark Hughes; Marvel Ekpiteta; Joe Robinson; Jordan Westcott; Jack Thomas; Alfie Mason (Callum Taylor 77); Jamie Cureton; Darren Foxley.
Unused substitutes: Freddie Oakman, Max Brassington, Chad Cruse and Marcus Crowther.
SLOUGH TOWN: Jack Turner; Josh Jackman; George Wells; Nathan Smart; Mark Nisbet; Lee Togwell; James Dobson; Simon Dunn (Matthew Lench 73); Manny Williams (Ben Harris 67); Chris Flood (Perry Coles 38); Warren Harris.
Unused substitutes: Alan Inns and Guy Hollis.
Referee: Elliott Kaye. Attendance: 289