Rowan Centurion

Slough Town

Slough Town

Dodds (16, 64), White (2-1), Playle (88)


Forde (0-1)
League Attendance: 349 Rowan Dodds
Rowan Dodds headed his way into the Rebels' record books on Tuesday night as he became the first player to notch 100 first team goals for Slough Town.

The long-serving striker scored twice, as high-flying Tooting were swept aside after taking a controversial ninth-minute lead.

Midfielders Keith White and youngster Steve Playle, who thumped home a spectacular 30-yard shot to complete the rout, were also on the mark, but it was Dodds who grabbed the glory at Wexham Park.

But the Rebels' most decisive Vauxhall-Opel League win of the season was not achieved without hiccup. The Terrors, on the fringe of the championship chase, took the lead with a goal which angered home fans and officials and even appeared to mystify themselves.

Jeff Hamlet picked up the ball in a seemingly offside position the home defenders stopped in anticipation of a flag, but played the ball forward to Clevere Forde who strode past a statuesque back row to shoot past the astonished Bunting.

The Rebels hit back in vengeful fashion and Brown, Playle and Wilson all went close until justice was done in the 16th minute.

An appalling goal-kick by visiting 'keeper Hatcher wasn't controlled by Iglesias and Dodds kept his head to speed away and slot home the equaliser.

“Chalky" White, back from injury, then rose above the defence to plant an excellent header from a Harris free-kick firmly past Hatcher to make it 2-1.

The Rebels were now buzzing like they rarely did on Saturday, with a solid defence, busy midfield and the unsettling presence of Brown and Dodds up front combining to make life difficult for the Surrey side.

Brown had two great chances to get the goal his hard work merited straight after the break, but it was Dodds who made history and put his side within sight of their first league double of the season.

Winger Ken Wilson who scored a hat-trick in last August's memorable 3-2 win, brilliantly slung over an inch-perfect cross from the left flank and Dodds hardly had to move to firmly head home a classic goal in the 64th minute - what a way to bring up a ton!

Not surprisingly, the Rebels stepped down a gear with their two-goal cushion and were fortunate a number of ghastly fumbles by their keeper went unpunished.

Dodds could have claimed a hat-trick, but shot over with just the keeper to beat. By Nick Walker value for their win, but if the fourth goal two minutes from time game them a flattering victory margin, there was no doubting its brilliance.

Playle shot against a defender 30 yards out and then tried again and his super shot soared over a helpless Hatcher for his first goal for the club.

Boss Alan Davies beamed: "It was a thoroughly deserved win and they were all great goals.-Pleased for Rowan I had a few words with him before the match and he played much better than on Saturday.

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