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Evans Above

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Att: 1548
Slough Town
Langley (28)
1 - 3
Barnet
Evans (41, 52), Lynch (93)
Tony Knight
Slough battled bravely but in vain for vital relegation points when they met Vauxhall Conference contenders Barnet at Wexham Park Stadium on Friday night. Depleted by half a dozen first-teamers, the Rebels went down 3-1 having set the game on fire with a 28th minute goal from Tommy Langley.

Two goals from the Bees £28,000 signing from Wycombe, Nicky Evans, turned the game in the 41st and 52nd minutes. Speedy sub Tony Lynch, who came on for Frank Murphy at half time, added a final goal during four minutes of injury time.

The result plunged the Rebels further into the relegation chaos but on this form it would be a travesty if there were to go down. Neal Stanley, making his first appearance since injuring his shoulder against Colchester on March 5, was heavily involved early on. He looked hungry after the lay-off and had three close calls before the Rebels struck with an opportunist goal.

Junior Wilson made a good run down the left to fire in a cross which Steve Thompson met with a power header. Bees keeper Gary Phillips made an excellent save but Langley came steaming in for the rebound — a position from which even the luckless striker found hard to miss.

It was the former Chelsea goal scorer's first strike in six months. Committed to going forward at every chance, the Rebels lead nearly increased when Mallinson poked the ball through to Thompson but Phillips matched his low drive with quick reactions.

The Rebels were held together at the back Tony Knight, immaculate as ever. Though Gary Bull caused a few problems, Trevor Bunting never looked like conceding and Evans was reduced to the role of spectator until four minutes from the interval.

Then he stole in to head the equaliser from a right side corner as the Bees turned up the heat. Evans made it 2-1 when Lynch shimmied his way through the defence to get in his cross, the far post header helped on with the hint of a deflection.

A fierce double challenge in midfield ended Evans' work for the evening, but Lynch was to prove every bit as effective. Barry Rake made an instant impact when he came on for Wilson. The people's choice combined pace and passion to manufacture a number of problematic crosses and then struck the bar with a dipping snap shot as the Rebels kept the Bees under pressure.

Bunting pulled off the best save of the night to deny Lynch after setting up Thompson with a breakaway chance from a huge clearance. But Lynch was at the far post to head down a free kick knocked back by Kenny Lowe. The result put Barnet on top of the league, but the Rebels were never far behind them.

Barnet Line up

Phillips, Howells, Wilson, Poole, Nugent, Durham, Stein, Murphy, Bull, Lowe, Evans. Subs (Lynch for Murphy), Carter (for Evans).

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