Morrys double enough as the leaders slip up

Slough Town

Slough Town

M. Scott (1-0, 3-0), Lewis o.g (26)
Merthyr Tydfil

Merthyr Tydfil

Coates (3-1, 3-2)
League Attendance: 763
Slough re-emerged from their shell on Tuesday night to beat the weather and Merthyr Tydfil and reclaim top spot in the Vauxhall Conference.

On a foul night at Wexham Park, Town gave a thoroughly convincing display and the closeness of the score line doesn't do them justice, Merthyr scored two late goals but the result was never seriously in doubt.

John Docherty announced himself 'delighted' with the performance, acknowledging the efforts of his players in the continuous heavy rain. "Conditions were very difficult tonight, and we gave a far brighter performance than Saturday , it was very pleasing and it's nice to be back on top."

While Dover were going down 3-0 at Woking, Slough set about their end of the task and they began in emphatic fashion.

After 281 goalless minutes Slough ended their dismal run with Morrys Scott's seventh of the season. Darren Hancock's long throw was hammered straight back to the young full back and his far post cross found Scott climbing above the visitors' defence to head past Wager.

Some of Slough's football was a delight and with their pitch holding up remarkably well they showed why they had got to the peak of the table in the first place.
The midfield trio of Steve Scott, Mark Quamina and in particular Ian Hazel were a formidable barrier to Merthyr and Mark Fiore's forward forays were more frequent.
Fiore was being watched by a host of league scouts including Wycombe and though his opportunities to shine are more limited in his defensive role his class is rather obvious and he saved most of his finer moments for the second half.

On 26 minutes however it was 2-0, Les Briley thumped a long free kick into the Merthyr area where Morrys Scott got a flick on, the ball was heading harmlessly wide but Merthyr's Dudley Lewis was not to know and one assumes he was trying to nod the ball back to Wager but instead diverted the ball beyond him and into his own net.

Scott nearly got another when he swept a left foot at Stanley's cross, but Wager was perfectly positioned to take the ball in his midriff.

The second half started slowly but was ignited by the sweetest of moves involving Fiore, Stanley and Steve Scott, when Fiore's driven cross reached the far post it was met by Morrys Scott coming in at full pelt, Scott made it three before crunching into the post.

Andy Sayer replaced the limping Steve Scott and Slough missed his aggression, Bunting made two superb stops before Marc Coates, earlier booked in ridiculous fashion for unintentionally getting in the way of a Briley free kick, reaped spectacular revenge with two impressive strikes, fortunately for Slough the second, a cracking volley came too late for Merthyr.

Merthyr Tydfil Lineup


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