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Date: Saturday, January 21st 2012 | Competition: League | Attendance: 194

Man Of Match: David Woozley

Steve Bateman's men suffered their fourth defeat of the season in gusty conditions at Aylesbury.

There are said to be many ‘turning points’ in a season, and with St Neots picking up three points and moving to within three of the Rebels, Slough manager Steve Bateman will be hoping this is not one of them. For Aylesbury though, this was a valuable and unexpected three points, and manager Steve Smith will hope this result can kick-start his side’s season as they look to move away from the bottom two spots.

Early on it became apparent that the high winds and playing surface would make it difficult to play a good, flowing game of football – and so it proved, with Slough’s Alex Brown almost finding the top corner with an attempted cross, the wind taking the ball off target.

Steve Sinclair flashed a fierce half-volley wide of goalkeeper Marshall’s goal, and Steve Perkins had a header blocked by a defender from a Chris Herron free kick.

At the other end, struggling Aylesbury were denied what looked a certain goal after Haule had rounded Warrington, but his shot was blocked by Dave Woozley.

Moments later, Sean Sonner missed an even better chance when he beat Marshall to a long ball, but he put his shot wide under pressure from a defender.

Warrington dealt awkwardly with a long shot from the lively Tyrone Marsh, but the Oxford United loanee had better luck eight minutes before half time, but left-foot shot from 25 yards beating Warrington and finding the bottom corner to give Aylesbury a shock lead.

With the wind on Slough’s side in the second half, Paul Coyne tried an audacious effort straight from the kickoff, but was off target.

Sean Sonner also put an effort wide from distance after a poor kick out from Marshall, and Slough went on to dominate the second period, seeing a lot of the ball without creating many clear chances.

Slough’s chances were improved with the dismissal of Aylesbury’s Seaton after the defender brought down Dan Burnell as he ran clear on goal – but the Rebels were frustrated by a resolute Aylesbury side, Steve Sinclair seeing a fierce half volley from the edge of the box pushed wide by Marshall.

Not even the introduction of Ben Abbey as a third striker could help Slough; Alex Brown also added height to the forward line, and was very unlucky to see his header from a Paul Coyne corner crash off the frame of the goal and over.

With Slough committing numbers to attack, gaps appeared at the back and Aylesbury had an effort cleared off the line. In the next attack, Rebels won a corner from which Sonner was free at the back post, but his shot unbelievably hit both crossbar and post before being gathered by Marshall – a sure sign this was not to be Slough’s day.

Six minutes into added on time, Aylesbury broke away again and made the game safe. Ty Marsh’s shot looped up off the head of Woozley and into the goal, with substitute Ollie Burgess just unable to keep it out, sparking amazing scenes of joy from home officials and players.

Aylesbury: Marshall, King, Grace, Williams, Stevens, Seaton, Marsh, French, Haule, Faulconbridge, Abraham. Subs: Garcia, Toomey, Prosper, Bell, Tomlin.

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Pos Team Pld Pts
9 Concord Rangers 36 55
10 St Albans City 36 54
11 Slough Town 36 51
12 Chippenham Town 36 49
13 Oxford City 36 47

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Pos Name Goals
1 Ben Harris 12
2 Lee Togwell 4
3 Warren Harris 3
4 Louie Soares 3
5 Josh Jackman 2
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