Slough welcomed back Nathan Bowden-Haase and Stuart Swift from suspension, although the latter was only handed a first-team place after winger Steve Sinclair was unable to play through injury. Swift’s place on the bench was occupied instead by Aaron Eales.
With just a couple of minutes played, Steve Perkins powered a header against the bar from a Paul Coyne corner, a chance which the veteran defender will know he should have taken.
Coyne was soon cautioned for a robust challenge, which put him ‘on notice’ for the remainder of the game, but both sides demonstrated a willingness to try and play a decent game of football, despite the Holloways Park pitch making things difficult.
Visitors Chertsey, who have suffered 7 defeats in their last 11 league games since losing their manager and most of their first-team squad, played the ball around neatly and confidently, though without seriously troubling James Warrington.
It was Slough who looked favourites to open the scoring, and could have done in spectacular fashion as Sean Sonner put in a super cross from the right, but Ollie Burgess, handed a start against his former club after a good display against Chesham in midweek, headed over after making a surging run into the middle.
Burgess played Sonner in again, but he shot wastefully over – but just past the half-hour mark, Slough found the opening goal as the returning Bowden-Haase forced the ball over the line after Alex Brown had headed it down from Coyne’s corner.
Perhaps Chertsey’s best chance of the game came soon after as striker Pomroy beat the onrushing Warrington to a hopeful pass forward, but he could only put it wide on the stretch.
Slough threatened a second goal on a number of occasions in the second period before eventually getting it with 63 minutes played. Sonner worked hard to head the ball down, and Dan Burnell lashed in his 20th goal of the season with a left-footed effort across James Norris and into the far corner.
Chertsey went close again as Matt Brunt’s curling effort from distance was deflected just wide, but Slough continued to look comfortable with their two-goal lead and likely to score again.
Ollie Burgess, who put in a man-of-the-match performance, was the creative spark in Sinclair’s absence, and he played a large part in Slough’s third goal with five minutes remaining, winning the ball and whipping in a cross from the right which was perfect for Sonner to head past Norris.
Only a superb last-ditch tackle from Alex Frosdick denied Burgess a deserved goal late on, the defender getting a toe to the ball to deny him after Sonner had played the ball across the face of Norris’s goal.
Slough Town Line Up
- 1 James Warrington
- 2 Alex Brown
- 3 Steve Perkins 17
- 4 Ollie Burgess
- 5 Nathan Bowden-Haase
- 6 David Woozley
- 7 Stuart Swift
- 8 Paul Coyne 12
- 9 Danny Burnell
- 10 Sean Sonner 14
- 11 Chris Herron
Chertsey Town Line up
James Norris, Steve Brown, Billy Witham, Alex Frosdick, Tom McGarry, David Johnson, Jordon Merrimen, Matt Brunt, John Pomroy, Matthew Powell, Rob Carr. Subs: Alex Bodean, Lucas Williams, Michael Blount, Charlie Postance, Mark Shipperley