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Rebels Fell The Forest

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Att: 527
Slough Town
Langley (2), Stanley (38, 49), Adams (55), Johnson (79, pen)
5 - 0
Redbridge Forest
Tony Knight
SLOUGH TOWN sent shock waves down the Vauxhall League Premier Division with a 5-0 hammering of championship favourites Redbridge Forest on Saturday.

Redbridge Forest weren't a poor side either, but the Rebels were in a different class as the crowd were treated to a fine game of football, which died somewhat towards the end.

And manager Alan Davies must take credit along with the players for a tactical move which completely blunted the visitors attacking, placing Tony Knight as a man to man marker on England semi-professional Noel Ashford.

After the game the Slough boss said: "We thoroughly deserved to win the game. We knew how they would play, we compensated for it and did well."

The Rebels were at full strength for the first time this season, with five at the back, and Knight man marking Ashford, with Mark Hill pushing up alongside Bateman.

It took only two minutes for Slough to score their first Stanley holding the ball and then crossing from the left to Dell at the far post, and the midfielder sent a header across goal which Tommy Langley bravely put away, diving low and injuring himself in the process.

The big striker rose to carry on the game, and soon after the re-start, 'keeper Mallett saved Adams's effort well. Trevor Bunting, who play┬Čed an excellent game in goal, kept Redbridge at bay when they had their most positive period of the match, diving at the feet of Davidson to block his point blank effort, saving Benstead's header, and then coming out bravely to win the ball from Simmonds who was clean through.

Slough slowly took charge though, and looked the more likely to score, Dell volleying just over, and Stanley setting up Langley whose shot was saved. Stewart crashed Langley into the boards and the big man retaliated, but both players escaped a booking.

Slough's second came after 38 minutes, when Dell's high ball dropped in front of the ponderous Redbridge right back, and Neal Stanley nipped in to lob the 'keeper.

The second half saw a major reshuffle for Redbridge, with 'keeper Mallett retiring injured, and centre back Dingwall taking over between the sticks.

But it would be fair to say that the change had little to do with the final score, Dingwall playing well, and Slough scoring some class goals.

The third came four minutes after the break; with Slough looking potent on the edge of the Forest box, Thompson picked up an Adams low cross, and Stanley prodded the ball home from his centre.

Dingwall made a magnificent save from Thompson's deflected free-kick a few minutes later, and with 55 minutes on the clock, Langley received a throw from How, flicked it over his head, and Adams rose to head home.

Redbridge then introduced an offside trap, which resulted in them getting back into the game somewhat, but Bunting was always on hand, pulling off a super save from Watts's free kick.
Langley had a good effort go just wide, and with 15 minutes remaining, was substituted by Gary Dodd.

Dingwall brought down Thompson in the area after 79 minutes, and the ever reliable Robbie Johnson scored the Rebels fifth from the spot.

Dodd almost got on the scoresheet when he neatly controlled Thompson's high ball, but his shot rolled just past the post.

Ashford almost pulled one back for Redbridge a couple of minutes later, and Bunting again denied Redbridge when he saved Stewart's point blank effort in the dying seconds to cap a magnificent game.

Slough ran out fine winners at the final whistle, and ex┬Čtended their unbeaten competitive match run to 16 games.

Redbridge Forest Line up

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