Rebels Snatch Points From East London

Leyton Wingate

Leyton Wingate

Bolle (50)
Slough Town

Slough Town

Johnson (26, pen), Thompson (78)
League Attendance: 207 Tony Dell
The Rebels travelled to the rugged surrounds of East London and snatched three valuable points from under the noses of Leyton Wingate on Tuesday night.

While Orient were beating Gillingham 3-0 to progress in the Littlewoods Cup just up the road, Slough's league quest took them to the uninspiring venue of the Wingate Leyton Stadium. Quite why they should re-arrange the name that way is a mystery.

The ground is a collection of large wooden boxes passing as grandstands, dim floodlights, a path around the pitch which is hemmed in by netting on three sides and a playing surface that looks like an abandoned allotment.

Alan Davies remarked: "It is always a hard place to go to and get three points. You can't always play football there, but when we did we were far better than them," he added.

After Stanley had volleyed Adams' cross just wide, in only the first minute, the game rather died with both sides looking to get the upper hand.

Slough stuck with four at the back, after Saturday's rousing reshuffle while Mark Hill was still injured. There was certainly a difference in footballing ability in the sides, but Leyton's bustling, wholehearted effort definitely had the whiff of a side desperate for their first league points.

Gary Dodds' only blot on an excellent game came when he was sent through by Steve Thompson, but with only the keeper to beat, had his low effort saved. The Rebels took the lead after 26 minutes, Thompson producing a magnificent run into the box only to be tripped by Dennington. Robbie Johnson stroked the ball home from the penalty spot via the upright.

The home side tried to battle their way back into the game, but found themselves closed down quickly with Tony Dell in particular playing a good aggressive match in midfield.

Trevor Bunting pulled off a marvellous double save from Bee who found himself clear just before half time to deny a "certain" equaliser.

The second half saw Leyton come out and really throw everything forward and it was no surprise when the superb Bolle levelled the scores on 50 minutes, slotting a through ball home.

Slough then lost ground rapidly and failed to push for¬ward well, with Leyton Wingate closing them down effectively.

But Slough gradually eased themselves back in as Dodds was unlucky to go wide until 78 minutes when he found Thompson who raced through the defence to place his shot low past the keeper.

Stanley was unlucky not to repeat the trick a few minutes later, but Slough held on for the win.

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