Hutchinson hits first goal as Rebels defeat Aveley

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Alexander (10), Hutchinson (55)


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In scorching conditions, Slough Town brought the heat both on and off the pitch, as they sizzled their way to victory at Arbour Park, writes Freddie Gatrell.

Goals from George Alexander and Dom Hutchinson helped Slough fire their way to a comfortable victory.

Slough came into Saturday’s fixture against Aveley with the wind in their sails and a point to prove, against a side who were sitting pretty at the top of the National League South table.

The positive result at Dartford seemed to be at the forefront of Scott Davies side’s mind as they began the match at a blistering pace, showing no nerves against a side in a red-hot vein of form.

Only 10 minutes into the match, the Rebels’ early pressure paid off, with Dom Hutchinson and George Alexander’s quick interplay catching the Aveley defenders off-guard, as a threaded pass from Hutchinson left Alexander bearing down on Aveley’s goal. Goalkeeper Jonathan North was beaten by the striker as he as fired the ball into the bottom left corner.

This goal seemed to encourage the hosts even further, as they continued to cause problems throughout the first half, with the visitors forced into hopeful, but largely ineffective long ball football.

Alexander, who has now recorded 6 goals in 8 games for the Rebels this season, continued to cause problems with his blistering pace and relentless pressing leaving the Aveley defenders no time to rest.

The Rebels will feel dissatisfied to have not scored more in the first half, with Alexander and Dan Bayliss both coming close to adding goals before half time.

The second half started similarly to the first, with the Rebels hot on the tails of Aveley.

They were rewarded only 10 minutes later. Alexander picked up a pass on halfway and drove at the heart of the Aveley defence, beating three men before forcing North to make a last ditch save. However the ball only bounced as far as Dom Hutchinson, who had the simple task of tapping the ball home to make it 2-0.

The game management from Slough was exemplary throughout the match, enabling the Rebels to feel comfortable as they looked to close out the result.

Aveley came closest in the closing stages of the 90 minutes, as substitute Nana Kyei’s curling effort only narrowly missed the top corner of Rohan Luthra’s net, with the ball clattering off the outside of his left upright.

The Rebels fans were left delighted as the referee’s final whistle was blown, with the club recording back-to-back victories for the first time this campaign.

Next up for Scott Davies’ side is an Emirates FA Cup tie away at Hayes & Yeading United next Saturday.

Aveley Lineup

North, Stephen, Vaz, Odelusi, Davis, Gibbs (c), Rush, Kelly, Hughes, Benton, Aileru. Substitutes: Witherspoon, Hernandez, Kyei, Ogunrinde, Ainsworth.


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