First half goals from Imran Kayani and Aaron Kuhl decided the match in the Rebels’ favour, with injury-hit Slough able to hold on to their lead fairly comfortably in a subdued second half.
Missing several key players through injury, including Ben Harris, Matt Lench and Freddie Grant, Slough lined up with Alfonso Tenconi – himself carrying a back injury – as lone striker, supported by Kayani and Tyler Goodrham. New signing Kurtis Cumberbatch took a place on the bench.
The key moments arrived in the first half, with a fine individual goal from Kayani levelling the scores after a controversial penalty award for the visitors, followed by a spot-kick from Kuhl after he was tripped in the box.
Dipo Akinyemi slotted his spot-kick past Jonathan North in the 28th minute after he was adjudged to have been fouled in a coming together with the Slough goalkeeper, who was cautioned for his troubles.
Four minutes later, Kayani’s brilliant goal lit up Arbour Park. He took a pass from Sean Fraser on the right, skipped past Chi Ezennolim and drove toward goal, cutting inside onto his left foot and bending a shot past Jack Sims and into the bottom corner.
Minutes before the break, Slough were handed an opportunity to take the lead when Kuhl showed good footwork just inside the penalty area, only to be tripped. The midfielder stepped up to blast the ball down the middle of the goal for his seventh goal of the season.
Before all this action, Slough’s best chance came again from Kayani as early as the second minute, but Sims turned away his strike at the near post.
In a second half low on quality – with high winds not helping the flow of the game – Lee Togwell sent a free header over the crossbar from a corner, and Welling substitute Danny Parish saw an effort cannon back off the bar late on.
Togwell also went close again as he steered a low effort from Goodrham toward goal, but Sims was equal to it.
However Slough, despite needing to use all three substitutions to replace the injured Alfonso Tenconi, Tyler Goodrham and Aaron Kuhl, held on fairly comfortably to claim all three points.
Slough Town Lineup
- 1 Jonathan North
- 2 Josh Jackman
- 4 Edon Pruti
- 6 Lee Togwell
- 10 Alfonso Tenconi 7
- 11 Tyler Goodrham 5
- 12 George Hunt
- 14 Scott Davies
- 15 Aaron Kuhl 17
- 16 Sean Fraser
- 19 Imran Kayani
Welling United Lineup
Jack Sims, Chi Ezennolim, Aaron Barnes, Maxwell Statham, Ade Shokunbi, Olu Durojaye, Dipo Akinyemi, Mason Saunders-Henry (Danny Parish), Tom Davis (Tom Derry), Arthur Penney, Bradley Stevenson. Unused substitutes: Bradley Pearce, Kristian Campbell, Sam Jackson.