10:30AM, Monday 31 July 2017
Slough Town 2, West Bromwich Albion 1
Slough Town produced some fine, free-flowing, football to come from behind and beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 in physio Kevin McGoldrick's testimonial match on Saturday.
The day and the occasion belonged to McGoldrick - known to all connected with the club simply as 'Super Kev' - but this was also an impressive pre-season outing for the Rebels who cancelled out Tyler Roberts' early goal for the Albion with strikes from Warren Harris and Chris Flood.
Albion brought a youthful squad to Arbour Park, but their line-up was sprinkled with experience and Premier League talent.
Boaz Myhill was their custodian while England Under-17 defender Kane Wilson, Rekeem Harper and Wales Under-19 striker Tyler Roberts all featured.
There was little to choose between the sides in the opening minutes but West Brom took the lead when Roberts gave Guy Hollis the slip and flicked the ball over an onrushing Jack Taylor in the 13th minute; the ball nestling in the net despite the best efforts of defenders on the line to hook it out.
Flood, Brad Watkins and Harris combined for the Rebels equaliser shortly before the half-hour mark, with Harris controlling and guiding a snap-shot beyond Myhill in an instant.
Watkings had an effort beaten away and Mark Nisbet half-volleyed over but the hosts grabbed the lead in the 55th minute when Myhill saved well from Manny Williams only to see Harris pounce to direct the ball into the empty net.
The free-flowing Rebels could have had a third, but Flood's header was saved by Myhill and James Dobson fired over.
The largest cheer of the day from the 1,003 crowd was reserved for McGoldrick, however, who jogged onto the pitch to treat Williams in the final minutes.
Joint manager Jon Underwood said: "During the second half we played some fantastic football, as well as we've played this pre-season. It was nice to do that in Kev's game.
"Kev is a fantastic guy, a gentleman. He's professional about what he does and he's given such service to the club, but doesn't want any of the limelight. Everyone holds him in such regard.
"We were pretty dominant and deserved to win the game. There were five or six players who were a nine out of ten today."
Top Ten Articles
Two Slough men who launched an ‘unprovoked attack’ on a man and a woman in Maidenhead town centre have been sentenced to four and a half years in prison.
The communications team for Burger King in Slough High Street have attempted to cover up the discovery of maggots in the store with a ‘cleaning story’ – before accidentally revealing the truth in an email blunder.