Early blitz sets Rebels up for win at Ashford
Ashford Town (Middx)
Smith (3, 6), Dyer (8, 56, 90)
Date: Saturday, April 12th 2014 | Competition: League | Attendance: 265
Man Of Match: Johnnie Dyer
Starting Line Up
- Jake Somerville
- Sean Fraser
- Ryan Parsons
- Guy Hollis
- David Woozley
- George Short
- Johnnie Dyer
- Jamie McClurg
- Edward Smith
- Warren Harris
- James Dobson
Slough’s sixth straight league win was all but confirmed after eight minutes at Short Lane, as a clinical Rebels side rattled in three early goals, adding two more in the second half to complete a comfortable victory over bottom side Ashford.
The game was only three minutes old when Ed Smith finished past Tyler Tobin from inside the six yard box after a surging run down the right and cross from Warren Harris, which the hosts failed to deal with fully.
Two minutes later, Slough doubled their lead when Smith reacted quickly to control a mishit long shot from George Short, before turning and curling the ball past Tobin and into the bottom corner.
Things would only get worse for Ashford as, with Slough’s next attack, Dobson surged down the left flank and cut back for Johnnie Dyer to sidefoot the ball past Tobin, with just under eight minutes played.
Smith could have made it a hat-trick in the opening quarter of an hour, but his attempted lob was well saved by Tobin, who back-pedalled to make the catch. Smith had another effort parried behind by the goalkeeper, and was replaced shortly after by Adam Cornell – the Rebels’ top scorer, now with 30 goals in all competitions this season, successfully avoiding a tenth yellow card before the amnesty date, meaning he will be available for the three remaining league games plus any playoff fixtures.
Dobson and Cornell were inches wide in their attempts to add a fourth, whilst Jake Somerville made his only real save of the match from Tom Brunton, a simple catch. After their early burst of goals, Slough played the rest of the match with a much lower intensity, allowing Ashford to regroup and get a grip on the game.
Harris flashed a shot just wide of the far post early in the second half after clever play from Cornell, but Dyer made no mistake when presented with a goal scoring chance on 56 minutes. Short’s run through the middle of the park left several players in his wake, and he teed up Dyer to sidefoot his second goal of the afternoon into the bottom corner.
The Rebels played out the rest of the match very comfortably indeed and were rarely troubled by Ashford. Slough were able to withdraw Harris and Jamie McClurg for well-deserved rests, replaced by Jake Parsons and Gareth Risbridger respectively – whilst for the hosts, full-back Elliot Jones left the field in pain after landing awkwardly on his shoulder.
Dyer capped off the win with a hat-trick goal in the final minute, volleying in after Cornell headed a deep cross from Jake Parsons back across goal, as Slough’s superb run since the turn of the year continued.
Ashford Town (Middx): Tyler Tobin, Elliot Jones, Ben Ewing, Russ Canderton, Jack Mullan, Scott Weight (c), Jack Beadle, Conor Moody, Rhys Price, Samad Kazi, Tom Brunton. Subs: Ryan Dearden, Jim Mann, Alex Fisher, Clark Thorley, Jake Taylor.