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The Vanarama National League South

Rebels Respond To Kemp's Call

Slough Town

Slough Town

Fiore (21, 43)
Stafford Rangers

Stafford Rangers

Burr (0-1)
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Manager Dave Kemp's call for more commitment from his midfield men was answered by Mark Fiore when the winger came up trumps on Saturday to score both goals in an intriguing encounter.

Slough took full advantage to narrow the gap on Wycombe at the top of the GM Vauxhall Conference, with a form victory against a very useful side who had recorded nine away victories this season.

On the eve of the match Stafford manager Dennis Booth had departed to take up the assistant's post at Bristol Rovers, while for the Rebels Trevor Bunting was recalled to make his 301st appearance for the club.

In a short ceremony before the game, the popular keeper was presented with a silver salver to mark his achievement by boss Dave Kemp.

Veteran Rangers forward Dave Burr went out to spoil the party when he opened the scoring after Paul Jones strike was deflected into his path leaving him a simple task to dribble round Bunting.

This stirred the Rebels into action and in the 19th minute a quick free kick from Les Briley found Neal Stanley whose shot was turned away for a corner.

Just two minutes later the Rebels were back on terms when Ian Hazell's cross into the area found its way to an unmarked Fiore, whose left foot volley gave Ryan Price no chance.

With 23 minutes gone Friel suffered a bad head injury in a clash with Darren Boughey and had to leave the field for emergency repairs, but returned minutes later.

In the 35th minute another fine cross from Fiore forced Stafford to concede a corner, from which Friel's shot was saved at the second attempt.

Slough took the lead just two minutes before the break when Neal Stanley's run set up Andy Sayer for a shot, and when his attempt was blocked by a defender Fiore pounced to hit home from five yards.

Three Stafford names found their way into Dave Madgewick's book, but this was not a dirty game.

Slough allowed Stafford just one more shot on goal in the second half, when substitute Fraser Wood sent in a snap shot which hit the bar and then rebounded to safety.

to the last twenty minutes Stafford combined to stop the Rebels increasing the scoreline, but the three points gained was a satisfactory afternoon's work.

Stafford Rangers Lineup


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