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Slough Town

Slough Town

Friel (41), Sayer (60, 82)
League Attendance: 526 Andy Sayer
A wonderfully assured performance at Runcorn carried Slough Town to a second successive 3-0 triumph and moved them into the slipstream of Conference leaders Wycombe.

Admittedly, they still trail their local rivals by 13 points, but Town have four games in hand and are now converting the chances they have been creating since August.

On Saturday two more goals for the prolific-poacher Andy Sayer, took his Conference tally to nine from ten games, while George Friel claimed his first league strike.

It was impressive stuff as Slough recovered from a sluggish start to overwhelm a side who came into the match unbeaten in their last six fixtures.

Indeed had Runcorn converted a 48th minute penalty, when Mark Foran was penalised for handball, they would have been back on terms and they would not have deserved it.

However Mclnnery's spot kick was well saved by Trevor Bunting — a feat many Slough watchers can't remember him achieving before — and Foran made some sort of amends by clearing the goalmouth danger that followed.

Bunting had been busy early on saving a first minute snapshot by Shaughnessy and then following a blocked Carroll header with a save to foil Brabin.

He wasn't seriously tested in the opening half thereafter as his side took control.

McKinnon had the first half chance, but was just wide as he attempted to punish Carroll's error.

Hazel and Briley were the crucial performers now and Friel was relishing his slightly withdrawn role and he got his reward four minutes before the interval.

Whitby's long throw was chested down by McKinnon and Friel hit hard and low into the bottom corner.

McKinnon, oozing confidence after his two goals against Yeovil, had one header blocked and another go inches wide as Slough pushed for a second after the interval.

Briley who has collected knocks like stamps this season, picked up another, got up, battled on and continued to dictate matters.

His clearance on the hour fell for Stanley and his line cross was met by Sayer, who cut in and shot easily past Runcorn's diving keeper.

A rainstorm made things more difficult but didn't dampen Slough's spirit and both McKinnon and Friel might have made it three.

However Slough had to wait until the 82nd minute for that third goal. Sayer earned the visitors a free kick on the edge of the Runcorn area, McKinnon caused confusion, Hazel found Friel who drifted past his marker and crossed for Sayer to volley emphatically in.

It was no more than Slough and their jubilant following in a crowd of 526 deserved.

Runcorn Lineup


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