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The Vanarama National League South

Slough surrender without a fight

Slough Town

Slough Town

Donnellan (46)
Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town

Bolton (47, 58, 1-3), Spencer (89)
League Attendance: 584 Gary Donnellan
It would be nice to be able to say that the Rebels went down fighting, but in truth they were put under the knife with barely a whimper in self defence. They even held the lead at one stage, but it lasted all of 30 seconds as Yeovil, with the bit between their teeth, added another useful win to an ever increasing tally.

Both sides went through the motions in the first half, creating chances while never daring to put one away. But after swapping goals within a minute of the start of the second half, the visitors realised Slough had no stomach for battle and consequently romped away with the three points.

Yeovil had the first chance when Chuck Moussadik committed a Crossley-style error, parrying away a cross from the right. Unlike Nottingham Forest, the Rebels got away with it, Peter Conning blasting his free shot over the bar. Then Slough started to take control and David Coles did well to turn away a downward header from Darren Anderson at the Rebels' first corner.

Steve Whitby then fired way over before Coles came out with a saving tackle as a Neal Stanley cross let in Paul McKinnon. By the time 15 minutes had gone, the Rebels had given up all thoughts of an along-the-ground approach, relying on long kicks from Moussadik to set them up.

Stanley caught one of them 20 yards out, sending a shot off a high bounce well into the training pitch over the stand, while McKinnon got closer to goal with a glancing header off a Gary Donnellan cross. Yeovil's David Robinson had a pot-shot after a corner was flicked on, but Moussadik got his body well behind the ball.

A couple of Slough corners came and went before new boy Stuart Hemsley fired in a cross that bypassed the end of several boots before going off for a goal kick. Yeovil then zapped away on a break, Steve Harrower running through and Mickey Spencer's swivel beat a slipshod defence but Moussadik was more than equal to a feeble shot.

As the interval approached, it was Anderson who came to the rescue of diabolical Phil Stacey, toe-poking the ball back to his keeper at full stretch after his right back had been robbed in his own area by Spencer and Robinson was teeing up a shot.

A minute of drama seconds after the start of the second half meant anybody late back from the bar returned to find the game poised at 1-1. An Eammon O'Connor cross was laid off by McKinnon for Donnellan to smack in Slough's 100th Conference goal — a particularly sweet strike for the ex-Yeovil man — but from the restart Mark Bolton levelled, slamming the ball inside the post as a linesman flagged and the Rebels protested. After extensive discussions with the ref, it was decided the infringer was not interfering with play and the equaliser stood.

That was the end of Slough's resistance and Yeovil were allowed to run riot. The back four stood and watched as Bolton made it 2-1 after 58 minutes. All Moussadik could do with his cheeky lob was help it into the net, but the keeper should really have been sharper off his line as Robinson cut in after a run down the left that left Stacey all at sea.

The Yeovil striker looked as though he had prodded the ball too far in front of him as he poised to shoot, but Moussadik's dash was too late and he was cooly chipped for 3-1.

Just to rub salt into the gaping would, Yeovil added a fourth with a minute to go. Conning made yet more progress down the left flank, rifled in a cross and Spencer rifled in a side foot volley for the best goal of the game.

As usual the small contingent of away supporters more than out-voiced the Slough faithful. But unlike the Slough faithful, they had something to shout about.

Yeovil Town Lineup

Coles, Harrower, Ferns, Shail, Batty, Conning, McDermot, Wallace, Robinson, Spencer, Bolton. Subs: Putter (for Bolton), McKeroy.


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