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Tables turned on Billericay as Slough hit top form

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Att: 612
Slough Town
Hall (22), Townley (66), Nabil (3-0), Adekola (89)
4 - 0
Billericay Town
Dave Timothy
Slough Town boss Graham Roberts raised his players after the dismal display at Gravesend and Northfleet on Saturday and it paid dividends on Bank Holiday Monday as the Rebels blasted away Billericay at Wexham Park.

The 4-0 scoreline by no means flattered Slough who had run riot in the Billericay half and reduced the visitors to just one good opportunity to score, which was scuffed over the Rebels bar from just yards out.

Midfielder Mark Hall was superb in the centre of the park and he put Slough into the lead after just 22 minutes. Dave Rainford played Hall in on goal and his neat chip over Billericay keeper Gavin King put Slough one up.

Hall turned provider nine minutes later, delivering a great cross for striker Andrew Deaner, starting his first game this season, but he headed just over the bar. Slough's performance was a massive contrast from the one away to Gravesend 48 hours earlier and the home side were unlucky not to go into the break with a greater lead.

Leon Townley powered forward at every opportunity and when he picked up a near post cross he was desperately unlucky, first missing the initial header and then, as the ball finally came down, he scuffed his shot wide.

Rebels manager Roberts was furious as appeals for a blatant penalty just a minute before half-time were turned down emphatically by the referee. Youness Nabil took on two Billericay defenders just outside the box, knocking the ball between the pair and running round the outside. But, as Nabil cut inside with a view to shoot, he was tugged to the floor by former Watford defender Steve Terry.

Slough looked to have scored six minutes into the second half when Micky Engwell's side-foot appeared to crash into the net and back out again after some great trickery by Hall, but the referee waved play on.
The follow-up fell to Deaner but he headed over the bar.

Nabil went close with a left foot effort after more good work by Hall and Mark Hawthorne volleyed a venomous half volley that was spilled by the keeper. Slough went two up through Brentford loan-signing Townley, who notched up his second goal in four games from a free-kick on the right, after Nabil was chopped down unceremoniously by Russell Penn.

Penn was booked but the real punishment came from Townley's right peg as he fired Rainford's cross into the net on 66 minutes. Slough continued to penetrate the visitors defence and effectively wrapped up the win when Nabil scored his first goal of the season with a delicate 25-yard chip over the keeper for the Rebels third goal.

David Adekola was given the last seven minutes to impress and fulfilled his early promise in the 89th minute, stroking home Rainford's low shot after some excellent work down the right by full-back David Timothy, who had his best game in a Slough shirt.

Adekola's strike completed a great day for the Rebels but it must have left boss Roberts wondering why his players couldn't have performed in the same vein two days earlier.

Billericay Town Line up

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