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The Vanarama National League South

Clever Trevor uses his head

Halifax Town

Halifax Town

Johnson (33)
Slough Town

Slough Town

Baron (56, 85)
League Attendance: 917 Trevor Baron
Two headers from big centre-back Trevor Baron rescued the Rebels from defeat as they successfully avenged the now infamous May 1994 defeat at the Shay.

Baron latched onto two Fiore corners to steal the points after the home side had dominated the game and threatened to re-enact the 1-0 victory which had sent the visitors back to the Diadora League 16 months previously.

Halifax had been on top from start to finish, but it was luck which was to prove Slough's saviour in two ways - firstly when Shaymen playmaker Gary Worthington smashed a penalty so high over the bar you would have thought there was a Rugby League scout in the crowd. Then Baron scored the priceless winner a whole four and a half minutes into injury time with the defence failing to learn from the mistakes which lead to his first goal.

Captain Baron, who kept tall striker Michael Midwood out of the game in the air, soared above Trotter for the equalising goal in the 56th minute after Fiore's perfectly-aimed corner had caught the home side unawares.

'Then, from exactly the same position, he buried his header past helpless `keeper Heyes for the second with Trotter once again not realising the threat.

It was a huge shock to Halifax, who had expected to win and looked as though they would do so in style with a series of attacks and a convincing performance which had Preddie under constant pressure.

They took the lead in the 33rd minute when Preddie was outjumped by Midwood to a Thompson centre, and when the header came back off the bar, Johnson snapped up the rebound.

Slough's only opportunity during a disappointing first half was well-constructed at least, with Clement's low cross finding the outstretched boot of West, but Heyes making a superb point-blank save.

It looked similarly bleak in the second-half with the incessant back peddling they were forced to do, and Preddie was on good form to block two snapshots from O'Regan after Worthington's centre panicked the defence.

Left-back Steve Prindinville was next to have a potshot with a dipping 25yard drive which cleared the `keeper's leap but hit the top of the bar.

Then defeat looked certain when Harvey scythed down substitute Wilson with just eight minutes remaining, but Worthington's poor penalty gave Slough the confidence they needed to grab the points.

Yet even when Baron's heroics clinched the game, his defence still held their breath as Halifax pressed forward from the restart and Worthington nearly made amends with a volley which scraped the outside of the post. But it was to be the Rebels' day in the end, and the manner in which they stole the points suggests that their luck may well stay with them a little more than during their last Conference venture.

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