Three out of three for the Rebels

Carshalton Ath

Carshalton Ath

Slough Town

Slough Town

Fiore (42), Barrowcliff (81), Hammatt (0-3)
League Attendance: 256 Unknown
Slough Town kept up their stunning run of form with their third big win in a row at Carshalton. Rebels boss Graham Roberts, who has rung the changes at Wexham Park since he arrived in October, finally appears to have got the balance of players he wants at Slough.

And the reward speaks for itself as the Rebels have chalked up 10 goals, three clean sheets and nine points in their last three games. Slough rode their luck early on as the home side looked for an early goal. They almost got the perfect start when Richard Newbery had an effort cleared off the line by Chris White after 15 minutes.

Newbery was again desperately unlucky not to score after 23 minutes when his shot was once more cleared off the line. Carshalton finally put the ball in the net two minutes later when Matt Elverson converted, but his effort was ruled out for offside.

That warning seemed to spark life into Slough and they went close when Roberts fired in a free-kick from 20 yards, but it was held low down by the keeper. Striker Bryan Hammatt, who hit two goals on Saturday against Hampton, hit the post shortly before Slough took the lead against the run of play.

Midfielder Mark Fiore picked up the ball and drove a superb 42nd minute shot through a crowd of players and past keeper Stewart Searle.

The home side were unlucky to go in a goal behind, but Slough's second-half show made them worthy winners.

New signing Steve Daly went close just after the break with a header at the far post, which was collected by Searle at the second attempt. Carshalton almost hit an equaliser from John Humphrey's cross, which eluded Wilkerson and came off the crossbar.

Simon Line, playing out of position at full-back for the suspended Micky Engwell, went inches wide with a header from a superb cross by Archer. But Slough soon doubled their lead. Hammatt broke free on the half-way line after a defensive error and unselfishly laid the ball across to Paul Barrowcliff, who had raced over 40 yards to fire Slough into a two-goal lead after 81 minutes.

Carshalton had enough chances late on to get back into the match, Matt Fowler the player guilty of missing several clear cut chances. But it was Slough's day and another defensive error let in Hammatt for a free run on the Carshalton goal. The Slough striker rounded the keeper outside his box and was left with the easy task of placing the ball into the empty net.

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