So Amazing

Slough Town

Slough Town

McKinnon (46, 3-0), Sayer (2-0)
Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town

League Attendance: 771 Mark Foran
Whatever message Dave Kemp directed at his players during Tuesday night's half-time interval, it certainly hit home, Slough responded with arguably their best 45 minutes of the season to date.

Where they had been hesitant suddenly they were positive, George Friel and Neal Stanley actually began to cause problems and Paul McKinnon rediscovered the goal touch that might have gone for good.

McKinnon was an absolute revelation and Yeovil had no answer to his partnership with the busy, direct Andy Sayer.

Three goals, several other chances and an altogether more confident approach gave notice to the visitors that they had missed their chance when they failed to make the most of a first half they dominated from start to finish.

In that first 45 minutes, Slough created nothing and seemed happy just to keep Yeovil — the side that knocked them out of the Drinkwise Cup — at bay.

Bunting had to intercept Cooper's touchback as Wilson came in. Mark Shail's long run ended with a decent strike by Spencer, again blocked well by Bunting. Then the keeper used his legs to prevent Sanderson putting the West Country side ahead and saved comfortably from Cooper moments later.

Harrower should have put Yeovil in front when Bunting came for and dropped a cross at his feel but, falling the midfielder pulled his effort wide.

And so it was that Slough went into the interval on level terms, but surely no-one in the 771 attendance could have forecast the transformation that was to come.

Within a minute of the restart, Cooper upended Briley, some five or six yards outside the Yeovil area. Step forward Paul McKinnon and with one mighty swish of his right boot, he drove Slough ahead.

It was McKinnon's first Conference goal since the league opener against Kettering in August and a bit of a scorcher too — he hadn't finished either.

Hazel couldn't keep down a volley after a move involving Sayer and Briley and McKinnon had a header cleared off the line from Friel's in-swinging corner, the boy clearly had a taste for this goals business.

Five minutes later Slough doubled their advantage when, from Pluckrose's corner, Andy Sayer was first to react to the scramble and poked the second.

Mark Foran — outstanding once again — had a header blocked from point blank range before Yeovil threw on Drinkwise hero Hung Dang and Wallace in a desperate bid to salvage something.

Foran managed to head against the post while knowing nothing about it, when Rutter's attempted clearance hit the Slough man three yards from goal.

Yeovil however were still a real danger and Sanderson's whipped cross just eluded Spencer coming in at the far post; Spencer then drove his shot against the legs of Whitby from 10 yards and Sanderson saw his fierce strike come back off the inside of the post with Bunting well beaten.

They knew their fate now and McKinnon emphasized the point with his second near the end. He started it with a 40 yard crossfield ball to Stanley and when the cross was palmed out McKinnon dived full length to make it three.

Yeovil Town Lineup


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