What a difference a week makes in football!



Duck (41)
Slough Town

Slough Town

Alexander (39), Dodds (44)
League Attendance: 280
Seven days ago Slough were fearing two away defeats which would have plunged them into the thick of the relegation dogfight.

Instead, they are back in the top half of the table after Tuesday's win at Hendon completed a six point haul. But although things are looking up, the danger signs should still be up around Wexham Park.

Two wins do not rescue a poor season and Slough were as bad at Claremont Road as they had been superb at Tooting. Manager Howard Kennedy said his side had been spurred into action at Tooting by the memory of their 3-0 Boxing Day defeat against Windsor.

"We had a good talk before the game about the attitude and what went wrong on Boxing Day. The players wanted to go out and rectify that embarrassment.”

But, despite the result, they couldn't keep the momentum going at Hendon, where they were assisted by the hosts losing their goalkeeper injured after half an hour and where their defence looked as suspect as ever, despite another marvellous display from Stewart Mitchell, playing against his former team.

And the position of goalkeeper must be worrying Kennedy, who has released Richard Teale and looks set to lose Trinidad international John Grenville to QPR, even though they want another two weeks to look at him.

The Rebels kept the same side which had performed so well at Tooting three days earlier with the substitute being new signing Terry Glynn, signed from Dartford and a former colleague of Kennedy at Wycombe.

Slough enjoyed most of the opening period apart from a terrific scramble in the 18th minute when Peter Rackley had to save from both Bob O'Leary and Gary Allen in quick succession.

The Rebels could have taken the lead on several occasions. Keith White's inswinging corner hit the bar; and then his 20-yard piledriver was pushed away by Paul Cotter, and Devon Petty was only inches away with a flick and a chip on the run.

With Cotter off injured after damaging his ankle taking a goal kick, Slough launched a series of attacks. In the 39th minute Mitchell swept over a cross which Colin Tate expertly nodded away from the advancing Tone into the path of Dave Alexander, who placed it into the bottom left hand corner.

Two minutes later the side drew level Derek Williams' corner somehow found its way to the prolific George Duck and he made no mistake from only a yard out.

The Rebels kept pressing forward and a minute from half-time they regained the lead when Tone failed to hold Tate's 20 yard freekick and the alert Dodds was on hand to stab the ball home for his 14th goal of the season.

With the wind at their backs in the second half, Hendon attacked incessantly, but Rackley pulled off a series of fine blocks and reflex saves. Williams and O'Leary were denied twice each and Duck, Colin Sowerby and John Palmer once each as the Slough forwards, now including Glynn for the injured Petty, were reduced to spectators making only isolated raids on the guests' goal.

Hendon Lineup

Cotter, Hewitt, Tone, Baldwin, Palmer, Coates, Allen, Sowerby, Duck, Forbes, O'Leary. Sub: Williams (for Cotter 29 mins.)


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