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Rebels Rocked By Welsh Wizards

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Att: 1316
Merthyr Tydfil
Webley, Williams, Thompson
3 - 0
Slough Town
Tony Knight
A TREK to the valleys of Wales proved to be a long journey for little reward on Bank Holiday Monday, as Slough Town were outmaneuvered by a top class side.Playing away from home takes on a new perspective in the Vauxhall Conference League with the long travelling and the quality of sides who just don't expect to lose at home.

And, as boss Alan Davies reflected on the defeat said as much for Slough's capacity to finish as anything else.

"Again it's lessons learned,"he said: "In the last 25 minutes of the first half we had the better of the game, Mark Adams failed to take a chance and Tommy Langley had a good half chance.'

Playing with the same side as Saturday, Slough gradually settled in against a quick moving Merthyr side.But the hosts accepted a half chance brilliantly when David Webley spectacularly volleyed home Ian Thompson's header to score the opener. In a superb stadium, Slough rallied as they gradually took a firmer grip on the proceedings, but the Merthyr defence was solid.

Tony Dell's cross saw Tommy Langley have a header saved, and then Dell saw a fine shot just curl away at the last minute. On the half hour Adams missed a golden opportunity when clean through from Neal Stanley's cross, his effort rolling slowly past the post.Both Robbie Johnson and Tony Knight were booked in the half, but Slough shouldn’t have gone in a goal down at the break.

Merthyr looked much improved as they came out for the second period, Darren Anderson making a saving tackle before a Lewis header hit the post to deny them a further goal. A total lack of aerial' power at the Rebel's back, and room on either flank allowed Merthyr to move forward well and Slough lost their out standing defender, Tony Knight with an injury after 59 minutes.

Slough were there but never looked like scoring in the second half and it was Merthyr who took advantage of hesitation when with 14 minutes left, substitute Williams finished off a move from a long drop kick.With six minutes left it was three — Anderson giving the ball away to Beattie, whose cross found Thompson to head home.

Merthyr Tydfil Line up

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