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The Vanarama National League South

Battling Slough slip to defeat at near neighbours

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Att: 199
Bamford (41), Goodall (67), Tunnell (90)
3 - 1
Slough Town
Steve Daly
We went, we watched, we lost. It's getting all too familiar now for travelling Rebels fans. Slough had much the better of the first half's exchanges, but only really had a long range Wilkinson effort to show for it which the home keeper, Tony Wells, tipped over the bar. Slough played neat possession football orchestrated through Hawthorne and Hakki, but still lack the killer touch in front of goal.

The breakthrough came at the end of the first half after almost constant Slough 'pressure'. A corner was cleared to the edge of the box where Gavin Bamford was able to slam the ball back goalwards. The ball took a deflection off a Slough defended, wrong footed Mautone, and crept via Mautone's palm into the corner of the net.

Slough did have a chance to equalise before half time, when Hakki broke down the right wing and crossed the ball to the back post. Haynes controlled the ball with his first touch, but then shot wide from the edge of the area, when he should have forced Wells into a save.

Slough's ageing defence was caught out in the first attack of the second half as a ball through to quick striker Stuart Goodall saw him easily outpace the defence and round Steve Mautone. Fortunately for Slough, Keith McPherson managed to cover back as the striker's touch took him wide, and the ex-Brighton defender was able to block the shot and deflect the ball out for a corner.

Uxbridge should have again extended their lead ten minutes later when another good run by Goodall saw him cut the ball back to Wordsworth, but the midfielder blazed his shot over. Goodall soon made up for these two chances as he slammed home from close range as Slough failed to deal with a corner properly.

With this goal Slough began to play fast attacking football and caught Uxbridge on the back foot. Haynes was released by the corner of the area, but his shot was well saved by the legs of Wells. The rebound fell nicely to Ullathorne whose ferocious strike was palmed over by Wells. A Slough goal was on the cards and it came via Junior Haynes after 73 minutes. Gilkes got enough room to put in a cross to the far post and Haynes knocked the ball in at the far post.

Strangely, Slough then sat back again and allowed Uxbridge to regain control and never really got back into the game. Chances came for Tunnell and Goodall, before Goodall put the game beyond doubt with a superb lob over Mautone after being released through a static Slough defence.

Uxbridge Line up

Wells, Mills, Weedon, K Cleary, Wordsworth, G Bamford, J Cleary, Walters, Tunnell, Goodall (Frape 90), B Bamford. Subs (not used): Granville, Gill.

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