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The Vanarama National League South

‘Pathetic' Rebels grab lucky points

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Dulwich Hamlet
0 - 1
Slough Town
Brown (88)
Tim Turl
Despite producing one of their worst performances of the season, Slough Town left Dulwich on Saturday with three lucky Isthmian League points.

Slough supporters who braved the possibility of another indifferent league display amid the euphoria of the F.A. Trophy run were again rewarded with only a pathetic showing.

Their team clearly had their minds not in South London but in Essex and the visit to Dagenham as they struggled miserably against a Dulwich side who are eleven points adrift at the bottom of the table.

After the familiar symptom of a relegation threatened team - appalling luck and appalling finishing - had let Slough off the hook, it was daylight robbery when substitute Terry Brown stole the points with an 88th minute winner.

Dulwich manager Jim Langley was not exaggerating when he said: "Slough were never in the game. They deserve credit for soaking up a lot of pressure but I think they'll be slightly embarrassed to go away with three points."

The only cheer for Slough fans was the encouraging return of striker Paul Lee after injury, and a good display by keeper Trevor Porter, although he would no doubt rather have been blessed with the luck of the Irish in the Dagenham game.

Slough pulled eleven men back into defence for set-pieces, but they almost went behind following a corner in the 19th minute, when Kevin Walsh's shot hit the bar.

Town, however, struck back and Lee’s powerful close range volley was saved by keeper Kevin Everitt. But after making a strong start to the second half they again allowed Dulwich to get on top.
In the space of a minute, Walsh hit the upright with a cracking drive and then shot wide when he was well placed.

Porter made two superb saves from headers by Alex Jackson, but Slough's greatest slice of luck came in the 75th minute in a bizarre incident which epitomised the home side's atrocious finishing.

Tim Turl - who had an otherwise good game - hit a terrible back pass to Porter, the ball rebounded off the keeper, ran towards the goal, leaving a simple tap-in for either Ossie Bayram or Charlie Pooley.

Perhaps with the shock of believing that their bad luck had at last deserted them, they somehow managed to run into each other and the ball rolled away for a goal-kick.

Turl made amends for his mistake when he set up a good if undeserved winner. His first two crosses from the right were blocked, but it was third time lucky as Terry Brown - who had replaced Dave Russell after 71 minutes - met his centre and headed the ball over keeper Everitt into the net.

Dulwich Hamlet Line up

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