Single Goal Enough For Bishops

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Att: 390
Slough Town
0 - 1
Bishop's Stortford
Paul (20)
Mark Hawthorne
SLOUGH'S season continues to peter out towards it's inevitable conclusion as they suffered a single goal defeat to title chasing Stortford at Wexham Park on Saturday.

But luck was certainly with the visitors with regard to the only goal of the game as Trevor Paul's low cross eluded everyone to sneak inside the far post and secure all three points for a niggly Stortford outfit.

With Steve Mautone restored to the starting line up, injury hit Rebels did have their chances but on balance, the visitors carved out the better openings and just about deserved the win.

Rebels will be hoping though to end their season on a high with victory in their last two games, starting this Saturday at Staines Town, who are playing at Walton and Hersham's Stompond Lane Ground.

There. they will will be sup-ported by plenty of tired fans who are making the journey to the ground .on foot, raising money equally for the STSA and hospital charity League of Friends.

At this stage of the campaign, Rebels are finding their resources stretched and a major doubt for Saturday is Sammy Winston who had to be substituted at half time after being forced into the pitch surrounds by Stortford's Troy Braham.

The feisty Braham had also done the same thing to Darren Wilkinson, which resulted in the makeshift full back requiring lengthy treatment, though neither incident resulted in a booking.

But by that stage, Bishops were already in front, having seen Mautone bring off a fine save to deny Tim Langer, tipping his close range overhead effort over the top.

At the other end, a neat turn from Michael Bartley saw his shot deflected just wide of the upright with the keeper struggling.

But on 20 minutes, Bishops took a fortunate lead when the ball found Paul on the right hand edge of the box, he turned the ball into the six yard box and the lunge from Vinnie John deceived Mautone and the ball crept inside the far post.

Urged on the combative Mark Hawthorne, Rebels sought a way back into the game but they found the uncompromising visitors defence a tough nut to crack.

Junior Haynes, on for the injured Winston, tried his luck from 25 yards early in the second half but his effort flew straight at keeper Micky Desborough while Mautone brought off two excellent saves to keep the score down.

First he denied Paul who looked suspiciously offside and Paul Barowcliff got back to block Paul's effort from the rebound.

Then minutes later, the Aussie keeper was unable to hold another effort from Paul but recovered quickly to not only stop, but hold onto John's follow up effort.

These incidents came midway through the second half and were effectively the end of the goal mouth action despite manager Steve Browne ringing the changes to his side late on.

Bishop's Stortford Line up

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