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Strong First Half Performance

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Att: 231
Leatherhead
McKay (56), Terry (88)
2 - 3
Slough Town
Haddow (20), Hodges (31), Moller (35)
Martin Moller
Rebels man of the match Martin Moller scored what ultimately proved to be the winner to cap a superb performance

Slough Town' promotion fate is back in their own hands following a hard-fought win at Leatherhead on Saturday.

But Rebels made hard work of it and nearly threw two points away after establishing a three-goal lead in the first period as they allowed the Tanners to come back at then late on.

Eddie Denton kept an unchanged line up for the game and he was rewarded with another three-goal showing.

With the side above them, Staines Town, suffering a surprise defeat at Marlow, Rebels will claim sixth spot, provided they win all their remaining games.

With a home game against Molesey next time out and then the derby with a faltering Windsor before what on paper are easy games against Whytleafe, Egham and Met Police. Denton's side can have clinched promotion before they have to tackle Worthing in their penultimate league match.

Leatherhead have been involved in plenty of high-scoring games this term and this one was no exception, though, the fare on offer in the first 20 minutes suggested otherwise as neither side showed too much, urgency.

Rebels did enjoy more possession in that spell, though they failed to trouble Tanners' keeper Nick Johnstone. But that all changed in the 19th minute when Tony Boot was brought down just outside the box.

Michael Murphy tried his luck with a blasted effort that was blocked by Paul McKay but the ball fell perfectly for Alex Haddow to drill the rebound home from just inside the area.

It was no more than the Rebels deserved and they doubled the lead soon after. A neat through ball from Ian Hodges set Boot free and he slid the ball under Johnston, but his effort was superbly cleared off the line by Mike Webb for a corner.

But the respite was only temporary as Haddow's corner was met by Hodges' head and he gave the keeper the no chance.

Little had been seen in attack of the home side though they did earn a corner when McKay's effort was deflected wide off Michael Murphy. From the resulting corner, Rebels went straight down the other end and won one of their own. Haddow's kick looked to have gone too deep, but Darron Wilkinson turned the ball back into the box where Martin Moller let fly and his shot arrowed into the net and put Slough three up with ten minutes of the first half left.

The shell-shocked Tanners were on the ropes and Rebels could have been out of sight at half-time had Boot's effort not struck the post, and the whistle gave the home team time to regroup.

Leatherhead took charge right from the off in the second period as they finally competed for the ball. Nine minutes into the second period, they managed to pull one back when McKay let fly from 30 yards and beat Foster all ends up via the woodwork.

The goal gave Leatherhead some belief and Kevin Terry also tried to beat Foster from a similar distance.

This time, the strike was straight at the Slough keeper and he dealt with it comfortably. Though for all their possession the Tanners, like the Rebels earlier, lacked penetration with Foster seldom tested.

In the final ten minutes, Denton brought on Riddell for the out-of-luck Boot.

The game was drifting to a close when with two minutes left, Leatherhead were gifted a lifeline. Steve Daly was turned by Terry and he slotted the ball home with a low shot.

Straight from the restart, Rebels came close to restoring their two-goal cushion when Riddell was played in by Hodges, but the substitute's shot was smothered by the keeper.

The home team had one more opportunity to try and snatch a draw in injury time, but the shot was high and wide and the victory for Rebels effectively knocked the Tanners out the promotion race.

Leatherhead Line up

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