The Rebels, who last weekend crashed out of the FA Cup against Hellenic League Ardley United, badly needed the tonic of a victory, and their chances were boosted with the return of Ryan and Jake Parsons, and the central midfield partnership of George Short and Jamie McClurg, although Eddie Smith was again ruled out with hamstring trouble. Johnnie Dyer, fit again, partnered Scott Harris in attack.
After a frantic start in which Slough showed plenty of improvement over last weekend’s lacklustre display, McClurg fired an effort wide from 20 yards and Jake Somerville made a comfortable save.
Slough worked the ball around well in the search of an opening, with Johnnie Dyer just unable to get a touch to James Dobson’s free kick. Dobson was later involved again after linking up well with Ryan Parsons down the left, crossing in for Dyer, whose free header did not trouble goalkeeper Lloyd Irish.
Scott Harris almost caught Irish off guard with a shot which was deflected on its way through to goal, but the Rebels conceded at the other end with 31 minutes played. Danny Wring finished off a well-worked move as a free kick was knocked down in the area, slotting past Jake Somerville to put the Devon side a goal up.
Bideford grew stronger as the first half wore on, and really should have been out of sight by half time. Somerville was the hero for Slough, saving superbly after Reece Yorke’s challenge resulted in a loose ball falling to Ben Wood six yards out.
Soon after, Somerville tipped an effort from Sean Downing onto the crossbar, with the visitors going close again from the resulting corner, but a free header flew over the bar.
The visitors were looking comfortable and able to create chances almost at will, whilst Slough failed to really test Irish in the Bideford goal.
It took the introduction of Adrian Sear at half time, replacing the injured Short, and a stroke of luck, to get the Rebels back into the match.
Slough came out for the second half looking more aggressive and with more purpose, and could have equalised with Dyer broke clean through, but his half volley was straight at Irish.
The Rebels did equalise however on 56 minutes, which was to be the first of three goals in the space of twelve minutes. James Dobson, already with four goals to his name, struck a fierce volley off the crossbar, with the ball hitting defender Danny Harrison in the face and rebounding into the back of the net for an own goal.
Slough then took the lead before Bideford had a chance to regain their concentration. The home side worked a throw-in routine to good effect, and Harris found himself with space to poke the ball past Irish.
Slough’s third, on 68 minutes, owed a great deal to the persistence of Dyer, who chased a lost cause before winning the ball and crossing to Jake Parsons, who finished low past Irish and into the bottom corner for his second goal of the season.
The Rebels completed the scoring on 75 minutes as Scott Harris scored his second to finish off Bideford’s challenge for good. A long kick upfield from Somerville found Dyer, who in turn played the ball in to the path of Harris, who finished with aplomb.
Reece Yorke went close to scoring a fifth for a rejuvenated Rebels side, but his header from Dobson’s corner was tipped over by Irish.
Bideford, who ultimately were made to pay for spurning their first half chances, almost scored a consolation towards the end, but a header at the far post bounced back off the crossbar once again.
For Slough though, this was a confidence-boosting recovery and first win in seven league games, which sets the side up well for a long trip to Truro next Saturday.
Bideford Line up
Lloyd Irish, Ian Sampson, Nick Barker, Sean Downing, Matt Villis, Danny Harrison, Richard Groves (c), Danny Wring, Matt Wright, Nick Milton, Ben Wood. Subs: Craig Veal, Nial Thompson, Kevin Squire, Nick Rudge, Stephen Reed.