Rebels Sweat On New Threat

Slough Town

Slough Town

M. Scott (54), Sayer (89)
Stalybridge Celtic

Stalybridge Celtic

Anderson (8), Blain (53), Leicester (60)
League Attendance: 743 Les Briley
After Saturday's game a neutral observer would have thought league positions were reversed as Slough struggled to cope with every Stalybridge attack in another lacklustre performance.

Celtic picked up three valuable points in their fight against relegation despite a below par game which apart from the scoring never came to life.

The only real excitement came in off the ball squabbles which threatened to explode on several occasions into full scale brawls but like the game fizzled out.

Indeed had as much energy been spent playing football, the cold and disappointed faithful would have had something to cheer instead of chanting "What a load of rubbish" from midway through the second half.

In Stalybridge's first real attack Leicester burst past Manning to the byline and his cross was met at the far post by Anderson who headed home on eight minutes.

Slough, despite having all the ball, lacked penetration and long range efforts from Manning and Hazel were all they had to show from the first half.

Stalybridge fielded eight changes from the team on the programme but gelled much better and could have increased their lead when Leicester's first time shot was well saved by Bunting.

Bunn came on for Jackson after the interval and Stalybridge took a grip of the game, Blain fired just over but made amends in the fifty third minute when Leicester again got to the byline, crossed to the edge of the box where Blain connected with a spectacular bicycle kick which sped past Bunting into the bottom corner.

From the kick-off Briley found Fiore on the left and his first time cross was headed home by Morrys Scott unmarked. Moments later Scott could have tied the game but headed wide from Quamina's cross.

Anderson and Briley found their way into the referee's book much too late to calm the bad tempered under current of the game and things became worse for Slough on the hour when Leicester capped a germ personal performance intercepting Dowson's backpass, rounding Bunting and slipping the ball into the empty net for 3-1.

Bunn should have made it four when he hit the bar with a free header from Lutkervich's cross.

Stanley replaced Manning and Fiore switched to full back where he was injured minutes later, to be replaced by McKay and Slough's last hopes of a point disappeared.

Sayer's last minute-header was nothing more than consolation if any were to be had.

So another three home points went begging and if that continues added to the Rebels away form another relegation fight could be on the cards and that might be the straw that broke the camel's back for many Slough fans.

In Les Briley's programme notes he hoped Stalybridge would enjoy their short stay in Slough. Unless the Rebels improve, teams are bound to enjoy their time at Wexham Park.

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