In doing so, the Middlesex side completed the double over Slough, having overturned a two-goal deficit to beat the Rebels at the Honeycroft at the start of the season. The result at Holloways Park owed much to a committed and determined performance from an in-form Uxbridge side, which bounced back in the second half and made Slough pay for a series of missed opportunities in the first.
With David Deeney injured and Stuart Swift relegated to the bench, Adam Martin made his first start in just under a year, and Ollie Burgess also came in to the team.
Slough’s first effort was a Burgess shot which was deflected over, with Uxbridge blocking Dave Woozley’s shot from the resulting corner.
With 17 minutes played, Dan Burnell showed his predatory instincts to score the opening goal, and in doing so became the club’s 18th highest goalscorer of all time, with his 74th for the club. Burnell beat goalkeeper Zaki Ouatah to the ball from a free kick, flicked it around him, and then finished expertly with his left foot from a tight angle.
Joe Chandiram shot over from 20 yards after a good run and ball across from the left by Martin was controlled by Ed Smith, whose shot was blocked.
Slough then almost punished some slack defending when Smith was allowed to run free into the box, but his attempted lob over Ouatah lacked power. Minutes later, a quick passing move from Slough ended with Burgess playing Smith in one-on-one. The striker finished well this time, but the goal was ruled out for offside.
Another golden chance was missed by Smith soon after, the striker firing wide when given another clear run on goal. Smith perhaps had too much time to pick his spot, and it would have been a controversial goal, with Uxbridge claiming a foul in the build-up.
Uxbridge survived all of these scares and found their way into the match at the end of the first half, but could not trouble James Warrington in the Slough goal. One penalty appeal was waved away, but Slough appeared in control. This was to change eight minutes in to the second half.
The visitors were awarded a spot kick as Woozley dragged a red-shirted player to the ground, and Callum Madigan stepped up to place the penalty just out of Warrington’s reach.
As Slough looked for a response, Uxbridge cleared Jake Parsons’ cross brilliantly just before Chandiram could strike the ball goalwards. Ouatah saved well from Smith’s well-controlled volley soon after, with Nathan Bowden-Haase heading the resulting corner wide.
Mark Dennison’s header flew just over from Madigan’s corner, but Uxbridge turned the game on its head with twenty minutes remaining as Nicke Kabamba ran on to substitute Stuart Farrell’s flick to finish well past Warrington.
Steve Bateman threw on new signing Ryan O’Toole in place of Chandiram as Slough looked to find a way back into the game, but instead Uxbridge almost scored a third as a header was blocked away from the line.
With Uxbridge defending their lead in numbers, Slough struggled to pick their way through and instead were punished again on the break as the visitors sealed the points with a third goal in the final minute. Rebels lost possession of the ball from a throw-in deep in the Uxbridge final third, and on the break, a sweeping move saw Farrell fed on the right, who drove towards goal through a number of challenges and crossed for Reds captain Wayne Carter to shoot high past Warrington.
Slough Town Line Up
- 1 James Warrington
- 2 Ashley Deeney
- 3 Joe Chandiram 16
- 4 Alex Brown 15
- 5 Nathan Bowden-Haase
- 6 David Woozley
- 7 Jake Parsons
- 8 Adam Martin
- 9 Danny Burnell
- 10 Edward Smith
- 11 Ollie Burgess
Uxbridge Line up
Zaki Ouatah, Keon Mendoza, Chris Owen, Rob Fitzgerald, Mark Dennison, Wayne Carter (c), Emmanuel Otira, Callum Madigan, Matthew Woods (Stuart Farrell), Nicke Kabamba (Danny Julienne), Kevin Warner. Subs not used: Michael Murphy, Mark Smith, Craig Tomkins.