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Rebels Are The Boston Stranglers

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Att: 1453
Slough Town
Thompson, Stanley
2 - 0
Boston Utd
Tony Knight
SLOUGH boss Alan Davies had cautious words after his side made a glittering start to their first season in the Vauxhall Conference. "I don't want to put a damper on it all, but we mustn't get carried away. We've got a long way to go and must keep our feet on the ground," he said.

After winning the Vauxhall League last season and clinching promotion, the Rebels looked every inch a Conference side on Saturday afternoon. Steve Thompson shone throughout the match, with Tony Knight having an inspired game in the back four. The whole Slough team blended well to give visitors Boston a torrid opening spell.

England semi-professional keeper John McKenna pulled off an in-credible save to deny Neal Stanley in the second minute — twisting and turning Gordon Banks style to scoop the ball off the line. Slough attacked from all angles and the Pilgrims' defence tried in vain to stop the flow.
Steve Thompson nipped between two players to see his 20-yard effort smash against the post, but seven minutes later Slough scored their debut goal in the league. Barry Rake and Mark Mallinson linked well on the edge of the Boston box, Mallinson finding THOMPSON to turn and, drive the ball into the back of the net.

Boston began to take control of their final third, and looked sharp when they pushed forward. David Tomlinson gave Mallinson a torrid time on the Slough left, often delivering crosses of precision and accuracy to no-one at all with Boston failing to use his fine work to good effect. In the final minutes of the half, Boston had their best opportunity when David Mossman fired just wide after a neat move.

The second half saw both sides well matched with the pace slowing slightly and the midfield battling for supremacy. Boston came close when Paul Clavell saw his header fingertipped onto the post by Trevor Bunting and as much as Tomlinson weaved individual magic on the right, The Pilgrims could not make anything from his efforts.

They were to pay dearly. Rake had seen his effort spectacularly tipped over and as the game draw into the final minutes, the Rebels took charge. Rake found new Slough captain Tommy Langley whose crossfield pass sent Thompson through. Thompson found STANLEY fractionally onside and the Slough striker ran on, picked his spot and put the game beyond doubt.

Boston couldn't rouse themselves, and constantly came up against the out-standing Knight. They blemished the match in the final minutes with a couple of bookings. Winston Campbell's name was taken for elbowing Naseem Bashir, and Tomlinson in the 89th minute for a foul on Rake.

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