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Slough Ladies suffer home defeat at the hands of the Trojans

Dave Wright

Slough captain Kat McGonigle was left disappointed by her side's defeat. Picture: Helen Ritchie

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Slough Women slipped to a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Trojans on Saturday with the only goal coming from their former hot-shot Amy Sheehan.

They enjoyed plenty of possession but lacked composure and sharpness in front of goal.

"We were very disappointed to have lost as we had plenty of chances and corners," said captain Kat McGonigle.

Their pressure on the visitors' goal led to them being awarded nine penalty corners - seven in the second half - but they rarely led to a shot on target.

On occasions, they were thwarted by goalkeeper Marcia LaPlante, even though there were times when the Canadian must have struggled to see the ball due to having so many team-mates defending in front of her.

Once during a goalmouth scramble, they managed to block three goal attempts in straight succession as Slough battled to force home the equaliser.

The Pink 'n' Blacks had made an encouraging start to the season and generally look a better all-round outfit than last term, but, like then, their ability to turn promising approach work into goals remains a concern.

At the back, they look as solid, with new goalie Daisy Hacking settling into to the side nicely after replacing the pregnant Asha Tranquille-Day. The 20-year-old, who is the youngest player in the team, is gaining confidence with each game and made a couple of smart saves in the opening half, but had little chance in keeping out the shot that saw Sheehan put her Southampton-based side into a 28th-minute lead.

Slough - who gave their player of the match award to Abbey Griffiths - played better in the final two quarters than they had in the opening half, frequently changing their formation, but they just could find the equaliser despite their large short-corner count.

They will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they visit Wimbledon 2nds this weekend.

Slough 2nds saw South Clubs' League action on both Saturday and Sunday, losing 3-2 at Sonning 1sts before drawing 2-2 with West Hampstead 1sts at home.

Slough Men slumped to their fourth defeat a row when losing 3-2 away to PHC Chiswick, their goals coming from Kuli Matharu and Ravdip Sehmi. It leaves them as the only team in Premier Division 2 West without a point after four games.

This coming Saturday, they are home to unbeaten Reading 2nd.

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