Poor Rebels title slump

Dulwich Hamlet

Dulwich Hamlet

Collins (81)
Slough Town

Slough Town

League Keith White
Slough effectively surrendered their late bid for honours in the Vauxhall Opel Premier League in what Slough boss Alan Davies labelled the "poorest game of the season."

And there was more than a cruel twist of irony when they travelled to Champion Hill to build on the superb performance of last week's victory against Grays....and lost to a miserable late winner.

Sadly, circumstances were reversed and on a cold, grey afternoon amid the huge stands of the near empty ground, the Rebels turned in a painfully bad display which must rate as their worst of the season.

Davies added " It was one of the poorest game's I've seen all season. As far as football was concerned , there wasn't any played by both sides - we were choked. The players know and I know that you expect to go to Dulwich and win."

It took an 81st minute goal from John Collins to bring Dulwich's first home victory since December 10th and the only highlight of a poor game in which little was created at either end.

Slough kicked off with a strong wind in their favour and seemed to put too much emphasis on passing back to 'keeper Lester who would punt the ball upfield.

But with the Slough forwards not getting near the kicks, and Dulwich creating nothing, the game degenerated into a defensive eyesore.

The Rebels almost took the lead through an own goal midway into the first half when Lewis headed a long throw-in by Greenaway onto the crossbar and over for a corner when there was no apparent pressure.

Ward began giving Slough problems with his pace, shooting just over from close range, then miscuing a shot when clean through before Gbogidi struck a low free kick through the Rebels wall - but Lester got down well to save.

Slough started the second half brightly, with Thompson shooting goalwards from an acute angle, but it was headed off the line for a throw-in.

Bateman got on the end of a good cross but his headed effort ended in the goalkeepers arms minutes before Greenaway had a low drive neatly saved by Sullivan following good work by Adams.

To wrap up a day of misery, Slough went just wide from two free kicks, Dodd and Stanley getting the final touch in each case before Collins rose to head home from Lewis' long cross in the final minutes.

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