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Don't Write Us Off Yet

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Slough Town
Thompson (30), Dennis (31), Stanley (60, 74)
4 - 1
Bromley
Sawyer (15)
Tony Knight
Slough Town delivered a simple but emphatic message to the supporters who opted for the armchair comfort of the Five Nations Championships instead of a bleak Saturday at Wexham Park... don't write us off just yet.

In the gloom of a wet January afternoon, the Rebels showed the loyal 391 fans who have faith in their side come hell or high water that with their backs to the wall they have both the skill and stamina to set the darkest stadium alight.

Despite the sticky, heavy pitch, Slough produced the flowing football that saw them string a six-match unbeaten run together before losing to Farnborough in December. Both the adept one touch skills and the determination to win every 50-50 tackle were back, as Bromley struggled to control the sudden resurgence in the Slough camp which reared its head in the Burnham derby four days earlier.

Satisfied Slough boss Alan Davies indicated that this performance should silence the sceptics. The lads did the talking on the park today coming from a goal behind. I don't need to say anything today. Everybody could see for themselves. You couldn't single players out or fault the work rate out there — tremendous," said Davies.

The confidence could well be inspired by loan signing Gary Lester from Wycombe who was preferred to regular Trevor Bunting, who Alan Davies believes needs a rest. "Trevor's still young and a good keeper but his confidence has been affected by having to pick the ball out of the net."

A change is certainly as good as a rest in Slough's case with Lester called upon in the 10th minute, saving well from a Peter Shaw free kick on the edge of the area.

But Lester had no chance when Bromley gained a shock lead against the run of play just five minutes later with Paul Sawyer heading sweetly home after a crisp cross from Burman was headed on by Murrock.

However, far from shaken, the Rebels were further inspired to get a result with Tony Knight in the central midfielder's role at the heart of the return to form. Knight's workrate was second to none throughout the game and appropnately had a firm hand in Slough's equaliser on the half hour.

Lester's drop kick was flicked on by Stanley with Knight powering through the Bromley defence to clip the ball round keeper Hayes allowing Steve Thompson to make the simple tap in for his 13th goal of the season.

A minute later saw the Rebels on a roll as Brian Greenaway's cross was touched on by Stanley again for Tony Dennis to head accurately home over the flaying arms of Hayes.

Almost predictably, the greasy conditions prompted three bookings before the interval with Bromley's Young, Morgan and Slough's Tony Knight penciled in for late tackles, but the flurry of free kicks didn't detract from the game.

Football after the break was once again delightful to watch at times despite the heavy conditions and Bromley's sudden desire to make a fight of it.

Full back Keith White capped a much-improved performance, eagerly thumping in a short corner by Tony Dennis for Neal Stanley to slot home 15 minutes into the half.

At last chances that the Rebels were producing finally reaped dividends after Knight shot wide, How headed across goal and at the other end Bromley were short on luck with Brenton crashing into the side netting.

Neal Stanley completed an impressive display by the Rebels in the 74th minute to let all and sundry know that Slough have come out of the cold with a vengeance, thumping home a classic volley from six yards.

Bromley Line up

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