Poor away run continues

Dover Athletic

Dover Athletic

Shearer (67), Le Bihan (70)
Slough Town

Slough Town

Smart (49)
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Slough Town's recent run of disappointing away results continued at The Crabble on Tuesday evening, when Dover came from behind to complete a league double over the Rebels.

Gary Smart, with his first ever goal for the club, put the Rebels in front four minutes into the second half, but two goals in three minutes midway through the half clinched all three points for Dover.

Manager Bryan McDermott made two changes from the team that lost at Gateshead — Paul Hardy man played the sweeper role in a three-five-two formation, and Matthew Stowell returned as left wing back.

Both teams showed plenty of industry and commitment in the early exchanges without creating any real goal-scoring opportunities. The first chance came after 18 minutes when a long throw from Lee Palmer found Darren Adams in space but his left-foot shot on the turn went harmlessly wide.

Slough's first shot on target came five minutes later when Danny Bolt flicked the ball up for Gary Brazil to volley from 30 yards, but the shot did not trouble keeper Martin Davies.

Dover's long-ball tactic to rele-asse speedy wingers Dave Clarke and Liburd Henry caused problems for the Slough defence. But the Rebels created three good chances in the closing ten minutes of the half — all of which fell to Gary Abbott. A right-foot shot and a header both went just wide.

The best move of the half came just four minutes before the break. Good work in midfield by Danny Bolt and Mark West released Abbott who cut in from the left wing but then dragged his shot wide of the post.

Slough took the lead four minutes into the second half. West's cross from the left found Brazil on the edge of the area. His clever chip over full back Lee Palmer put Gary Smart in the clear and he smashed the ball into the roof of the net and celebrated his first goal for the club.

Dover continued to play the long ball and their reward came midway through the half. Clarke raced away down the right and Angus was adjudged to have fouled him on the byeline. Neil Le Bihan floated in the free kick and Lee Shearer headed in at the far post to level the score with his first goal of the season.

Three minutes later and Dover were in front. A stunning left-foot shot from Le Bihan, from fully 30 yards, dipped and swerved past keeper Ben Miles into the far corner of the net.

Corey Browne, returning to one of his former clubs, replaced Matthew Stowell as the Rebels reverted to a back four and three up front. However it was Dover who almost scored again as long-range efforts from Bolt and Hardyman both missed the target and the Rebels have now gone six away games with a victory.

The Rebels now have three home games in six days and a top seven finish is still a realistic target.

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