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Sat Apr 20

Match day

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Welling United (H)
Sat Apr 20 15:00
The Vanarama National League South

Slough take the points at Byfield Road

Woodford United

Woodford United

Hines (47)
Slough Town

Slough Town

Smith (31, 54), David Deeney (57, 85)
League Attendance: 136 David Deeney
David Deeney and Ed Smith scored two goals piece as Slough won at bottom side Woodford United.

This was a match which Slough eventually won comfortably, but Woodford United, bottom of the league and without a single point, battled to the end and even scored a shock equaliser two minutes into the second half.

Slough dominated the early stages on an extremely wet, muddy and uneven playing surface, but after Nathan Bowden-Haase headed straight at the Woodford goalkeeper, a long kick upfield was latched on to by the lively number 11, who lobbed the ball just over James Warrington's crossbar.

The Rebels had by far the better chances, Jake Parsons being denied by a fine double save and Ed Smith also cut inside and curled a shot just wide of the post.

Woodford, though, were intent on causing an upset, and Slough often looked ill at ease with the long ball from the hosts. When it was allowed to bounce, Woodford looked capable of scoring, and almost did so but for a good save from Warrington. Woodford's number 7 also fired wide from 25 yards.

But with 31 minutes played, the composed Dave Woozley swung in a fine cross which beat Ed Smith's marker, and he was able to control the ball and fire past the keeper.

Woodford heads did not drop though, and both sides had half-chances before the interval. And two minutes into the second half, striker Aaron Hines capitalised on some hesitant Slough defending to poke the ball past Warrington one-on-one.

Stuart Swift then replaced Ollie Burgess, appearing to be nursing a back injury, and within minutes Slough were back ahead. The Rebels put together their best move of the match by far, with Dan Burnell feeding Smith, who lashed past the keeper from around 8 yards.

Three minutes later, Slough scored a superb third as Dave Deeney turned past his marker and curled a shot past the keeper from the edge of the box.

This looked to have killed the game off as a contest, and things became worse for Woodford as a substitute was shown a straight red card for a tackle from behind on Woozley.

Swift went close with a shot which stuck in the mud, and Burnell was denied a certain goal by the keeper after a clearance had been missed.

Five minutes from time, the hard-working Deeney, celebrating his birthday, followed up on a saved Burnell shot and fired the rebound into the roof of the net for his second and Slough's fourth.

Deeney had a further two clear opportunities to claim a hat-trick, but was denied by a superb save by Woodford's keeper, as was Burnell, and Parsons slammed a shot against the bar as Woodford tired and the game drew to a close.

Woodford United Lineup


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