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At Their Wit's End

Slough Town

Slough Town

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Witton Albion

Witton Albion

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Maynard (41)
League Attendance: 781 Andy Sayer
Les Briley must be hoping for a change in fortune before Saturday's game with Torquay, for at present his side are short on luck, goals and invention.

Despite a lion's share of the play including 14 corners they still came away goalless and pointless against one of the Conference strugglers.

Defensively too they have floundered in recent games. As early as the third minute Maynard knocked the ball down for the impressive Burke, who burst through and shot just wide of the far post.

Far too often on the day Slough allowed Maynard and Burke to combine causing the Rebels defence a series of problems.

As in recent weeks Slough's main attacking force was the explosive Fiore who revelled in his preferred midfield role, and it was his snap shot which produced the first save from Mason in the Witton goal.

The visitors dominated early on and Burke again fired just wide after good work by Rose.

On the quarter hour Bunting only parried Gallagher's free kick, and Maynard seized on it only to screw his shot wide when it looked as though he must score.

At the other end Sayer's flicked headed was cleared off the line by Senior with Mason beaten. Fiore fired in crosses at every opportunity, but Morrys Scott failed to knock anything down or get any on target as Slough tried to dictate the pace of the game.

In Witton's next attack Maynard was put through by Walker but miskicked with only Bunting to beat. He was to make amends on 41 minutes.

Garton's free kick eluded Bunting, who flapped at the ball only to see Maynard's powerful header fly into the net and give Albion a deserved lead.

Slough hung on until half time and then started the second 45 minutes much the brighter with Fiore feeding Sayer to force Mason to save well at the near post as the Rebels exerted pressure.

Shortly after Stanley headed just wide and Fiore again tested the keeper with a skimming shot that went just wide.

Steve Scott and Gallagher were booked for an off-the-ball incident as the battle warmed up.

Manning, making his home debut, was getting a grip on midfield as Slough sought the equaliser and his measured through created a chance for Sayer who shot straight at Mason.

On 79 minutes Burke had a goal ruled out for offside as Witton exploited the gaps left as Slough pushed forward. Lee then headed over a Steve Scott free kick, and Walker, on as sub for Morrys Scott, shot over the bar.

By now Albion were hanging on putting everyone behind the ball, and Slough found difficulty breaking them down. Edwards, on his return to Wexham Park, was booked for a rash foul on Burke, who was substituted just after.

In the last action Manning fired over from 25 yards and Stanley shot straight at Mason. On the final whistle disappointed Rebels fans trudged away with the hope that the FA Cup will supply some joy after a bad run of recent results.

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