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Sat Sep 26
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Wealdstone (A)
Sat Sep 26 15:00
The Vanarama National League South
18th
0pts

Rebels Blow Two Goal Lead In Dying Minutes

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Att: 869
Slough Town
Hercules (2), Bateman (51), Abbott (61)
3 - 3
Welling United
Lakin, Rutherford (87), Watts (88)
Andy Clement
Slough Town boss Brian McDermott needed a stiff drink after the shock of seeing his Rebels throw away a two-goal lead in the final three minutes at Wexham Park last Friday night. At the start of a difficult month, the Wings were identified as the most likely bankers for points - after Farnborough Town.

But McDermott described the Rebels as 'naive' when losing 2-1 to Borough the previous week after taking the lead. There were few signs that the boys had really learned from the experience in the course of the following seven days.

Things looked promising when Cliff Hercules, back in the attack again in the absence of injured Mark West, bundled the ball home at the second attempt two minutes into the game. But there was a suicide note attached to the pass back from Danny Bolt which allowed Barry Lakin to scramble the ball past a hopelessly compromised Paul Wilkerson.

Bolt's future in Slough's set-up must be in grave doubt judging by the decisiveness of his 31st minute substitution by Michael Murphy. Having reached half time with honours even, the Rebels went ahead again six minutes after the break with a disputed goal.

With little real creativity on display from either side, it was left to defender Steve Bateman to force the ball home in another goalmouth melee six minutes after the break. Angry protests from Welling keeper Glen Knight that the ball did not cross the line earned him a booking. Gary Abbott, with a record of scoring in only six of his 20 games for the Rebels, unhooked himself from some barbed criticism in the 61st minute.

Murphy won the ball in midfield and put the Slough striker clear. Abbott's clever little chip over Knight struck the inside of the right post and he followed in to tap home with his left foot on the opposite side of the goal.

McDermott, who had relegated out-of-favour midfielder Simon Stapleton to the Reserves, then exchanged Mark Pye for Derek Simpson. The effect was minimal, unlike Welling's introduction of Stuart Watts. Slough looked to have the points in the bag and anyone who had already left the ground on that assumption will have got a nasty shock when the read their morning paper.

They will have learned that Mark Rutherford fooled Wilkerson with a looping long-range shot in the 87th minute and that Watts had earned the Kent side a share of the spoils with a good strike in the 88th minute.

Watts's was the best goal of a disappointing spectacle which heaped further embarrassment on a disbelieving and frustrated McDermott.

Welling United Line up

Knight, L Watts, Cooper, Trott, Copley, Horton, Brown, Rutherford, Smith, Dennis, Lakin. SUBS: Farley, S Watts (76, for Brown), Lewington.

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