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The Vanarama National League South

Burnham give Rebels the Blues

Slough Town

Slough Town



Saunders (46), Bird (53)
League Attendance: 337 Danny Murphy
Two second-half goals from Rob Saunders and Ryan Bird saw a promising first-half performance end in disappointment as Slough suffer defeat at home.

Just two minutes in, Slough should have taken the lead. A marauding run from Chris Herron ended with the ball being played across for Simon Martin, whose weak shot from just three yards out was saved easily by Paul McCarthy.

Herron fired another shot a yard over the bar before a header from Tommy Hayes was saved by McCarthy, clearly struggling to reach the ball due to a leg injury.

Burnham were doing their best to protect their goalkeeper whilst looking a threat themselves, and Sweeney was on hand to clear off the line after Terry O’Connor’s cross was fumbled by Perks, with Stuart Swift firing in an effort at the far post.

Slough were frustrated in their attempts to find a goal before half-time, with nice build-up play not resulting in attempts to work McCarthy in the Burnham goal. On the stroke of half-time, Simon Martin’s header was ruled out for a push on a Burnham defender to send the two sides in level at half-time.

The Rebels were made to rue missed opportunities in the first half as Burnham took the lead early in the second period. The versatile Ryan Bird was fouled by Bowden-Haase 20 yards out, although the defender looked to have won the ball, and Rob Saunders stepped up and curled a deflected effort past Perks.

Burnham were visibly fired-up and began to take charge of the game, almost notching a second as Bird forced Perks into a brave block. However the Blues were not to be denied a second goal, as a mistake by Graeme Edwards let in Bird again for a simple finish.

Slough’s efforts at goal failed to fully test McCarthy, with Kean, Bowden-Haase and Edgeworth all having efforts straight at the limping goalkeeper, who was unable to kick all game.

Manager Steve Bateman replaced his strikeforce, with Craig O’Connor and Roy Gumbs replacing the largely ineffective Martin and Hayes, but Slough posed little threat and Ben Hudell kept the Rebels’ biggest threat Steve Sinclair under wraps.

Burnham should have registered a third goal as the game came to a close, with Perks saving well from Papali and Saunders threatening from distance, but had to settle for a deserved 2-0 win to maintain their good recent record over the Rebels.

Burnham Lineup

McCarthy, T.O'Connor, Hudell, Brett (c), Dunlop, Sear, Coyne, Saunders, Papali, Bird, Swift. Subs: Tilbury, Dowdican, Godwin, Willment, Brown.


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