Rebels break duck



Slough Town

Slough Town

League Attendance: 618 Alan Dowson
For the fourth time in as many seasons Slough came away from Gateshead without a goal, however for the first time they took with them a point.

That John Docherty's side nullified the threat of arguably the Conference's most potent strike force, Alan Lamb and Paul Dobson, should be commended, but it's a point of some concern that Slough themselves failed to create a goal scoring opportunity

The lowest Conference crowd of the day (620) did then bare witness to a game that at best could be described as dull.

The Doc may maintain that his side do not 'go for a draw' on their travels, but two goals in six outings away from Wexham Park and 11 in four games at home tells a different story.

Not that a point at Gateshead is anything other than a fine achievement, the North east outfit had won their last five league and cup games and neither of the two previous Rebels' bosses Alan Davies and David Kemp can make such a claim.

Once again the solidity of Slough's defence was built on the formidable performances of Brian Lee, maturing with every game and in particular Alan Dowson.
Dowson is a jewel and The Doc's only concern with this fierce looking competitor is his knack of collecting needless bookings, he picked up another on Saturday, and it will be a serious blow to a squad as small as Town's to lose Dowson for any period.

Slough's only chance — and it was only a half chance — was a Mark Quamina header from Mark Fiore's 33th minute cross.

Bunting dealt comfortably with two long range efforts from the home side and Town were the better side in an equally disappointing second half.

Gateshead Lineup


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