Strugglers Bromley put up a fight

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League Attendance: 409 Jeff Bateman
Rarely can a victory have been such an anti-climax as this one achieved by Slough on Tuesday. Bottom of the table Bromley must have been looking forward to their trip to Wexham Park with all the confidence of a man visiting the guillotine. With only one win all season and the worst defensive record in the Vauxhall League Premier Division, it was hardly the best preparation to face the team who had scored ten times three days earlier.

They must have feared the worst when after only seven minutes Neal Stanley headed the Rebels ahead from a Mark Adams cross. Any hopes Slough's smallest crowd on the season had of seeing another goal bonanza disappeared during the next 83 minutes. The Rebels showed brief glimpses of their best form, but generally struggled to make much impression on a stout Bromley defence marshalled by former Crystal Palace skipper Jim Cannon.

Their best moments came from set pieces. Steve Thompson had his free-kick deflected narrowly wide, Jeff Bateman saw a header from a corner cleared off the line, and Stanley and Trevor How both glanced efforts just inches the wrong side of the posts for corners. Even Robbie Johnson, hat-trick hero of Stroud couldn't break down Bromley's resistance. His 64th minute penalty, awarded for a trip on Adams by Mark Denton, was brilliantly beaten out by impressive keeper Curtis Hayes. This was Johnson's first miss in nine attempts this season.

There was never any danger of Bromley denting Slough's championship challenge. Spirited they may have been, but potent they were not. Bromley were restricted to long range shooting for the evening, stretching Gary Lester in the 27th and 77th minutes with shots from Jerry Dolke am Gary Fioiore respectively. Rebels boss Alan Davies summed up at the end He said "It was a bit of a let down after Saturday but it was a night where the points were more important than the performance. "We will play a lot better than we did tonight am probably lose."

Bromley Lineup

Bromley: Hayes, Denton, Cannon, Morgan, Bowyer, Fioiore, Laughlin, M. Coates, Freeman, Grenfell, Dolke, Subs: Green (for Freeman), P. Coates (for Cannon).


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