The victory was as comprehensive as it sounds, but it took a while for Slough to get going. Despite having the better of the opening exchanges, it took fifteen minutes for the first effort on goal to come – Edward Smith, making his full debut, volleying well over after Burnell had chested the ball down to him.
Smith was in the thick of the action throughout and had a fine game as Slough gained a stranglehold on the game, holding the ball up, spreading the play and testing Woodford goalkeeper Jamie Brassington on a number of occasions. Smith almost opened the scoring as Ollie Burgess played him in, but Brassington made a good block as the striker tried to round him and roll the ball in.
Brassington turned over a blast from Dan Burnell 25 yards out as Slough turned up the heat, but the pressure told on 36 minutes as Nathan Bowden-Haase powered in a header from a pinpoint Stuart Swift corner delivery, which neither the goalkeeper nor a defender on the line could keep out.
Slough went close to a second from the same source, Dom Rhone heading another Swift corner just wide of the far post, and Adam Logie should have done better when presented with a choice of a shot at goal or a ball across to Burnell.
As Slough piled on the pressure before half time, another glorious chance went begging as Logie headed on a free kick to Bowden-Haase, with only Brassington to beat, but the keeper spread himself to block and turn the ball over.
Slough were almost made to pay for this profligacy on the stroke of half time as a long range dipping potshot from Ridge Essilfie was turned away brilliantly by Warrington, who was almost caught by surprise. It proved to be Warrington’s only real save of the match.
The story was the same in the second half, and Tom Fountain almost conceded another Holloways Park own goal following his effort in November 2009, Slough also going close from the resulting corner.
With 55 minutes played, Woodford failed to clear and Sean Fraser forced his way through, only to be denied by Brassington.
Almost immediately after, Burnell was clattered 25 yards out giving Slough a free kick in a dangerous position. Stuart Swift stepped up to fire in a low effort which the goalkeeper could not keep out – letting the ball slip past his right hand and into the bottom corner - and Slough doubled their lead.
Four minutes later, Slough added a third goal, which started to more accurately reflect their superiority. Woodford again failed to clear, and Fraser burst through again, this time crossing for Burnell to volley in.
Things soon went from bad to worse for Woodford as skipper Ross Harris was sent off for a poor tackle on Rhone – though Fraser was perhaps lucky to only see yellow for a late tackle on Scott Kinch in the first half.
The game was now over as a contest, and Ed Smith twice went close to scoring, first with an attempted lob followed by a strike from distance which Brassington turned behind acrobatically.
But with six minutes remaining, substitute Ashley Deeney fed Burnell who moved in on goal and teed up Smith with a square pass for an easy finish, and a well deserved goal.
Another boost for Slough, along with fine individual performances from Rhone and Swift, was the late substitute appearance of the returning Steve Perkins, as the Rebels played out the remainder of the game comfortably, almost registering further goals from Burnell and Smith.
Slough Town Line Up
- 1 James Warrington
- 2 Sean Fraser 18
- 3 Dominic Rhone
- 4 Alex Brown
- 5 Nathan Bowden-Haase
- 6 David Woozley
- 7 Adam Logie 14
- 8 Ollie Burgess 15
- 9 Danny Burnell
- 10 Edward Smith
- 11 Stuart Swift
Woodford United Line up
Jamie Brassington, Lewis Williams, Tommy Kinch, Ross Harris (c), Lee Colkin, Tom Fountain, Scott Liebscher (Aaron Hinds), Ridge Essilfie, Josh Crawley (Tom Liversedge), Glen Hawkins, Rashid Koriya. Subs not used: none.