League win boosts Browne's dream of landing Slough job

Boreham Wood

Boreham Wood

Lawford (47)
Slough Town

Slough Town

Deaner (53), Hammatt (66), Hall (90+2)
League Attendance: 326 Unknown
Slough Town acting boss Steve Browne strengthened his chances of landing the job full-time as his injury-hit side secured three points at Boreham Wood on Saturday. The victory, Slough's first under Browne's stewardship, was thoroughly deserved despite what could have been a costly mistake from the acting manager. Seconds after bringing himself on late in the game, Browne found himself unmarked inside the Wood penalty area, but snatched at Mark Hall's pass and dragged the shot wide.

It was Hall, another second-half substitute, who rendered the error irrelevant in injury time, wriggling free of two defenders to plant a left-foot drive into the net. The third, killer goal was just reward for a lively display throughout by Slough, with another managerial hopeful, ex-QPR and West Ham midfielder Martin Allen, watching from the stand.

Incredibly, both goalkeepers boasted clean sheets at the end of the first half, although Slough's territorial domination should have earned them an advantage. Leon Townley's fierce effort was tipped out for a corner before Dave Timothy sent a glancing header wide from Youness Nabil's teasing cross.

Andrew Deaner was inches from turning in Steve Daly's low centre and kicked the advertising hoarding in frustration as his momentum took him out of play. Wood keeper Sean O'Connor was fortunate to get away with some poor ball control on several occasions, most notably when his clear ance spun high off David Adekola before crashing off the crossbar and to safety. Yet it was the home side who went in front just two minutes after the restart, with player-coach Mark Robson picking out John Lawford, who eased through a static defence and fired low past Honey.

The lead lasted only six minutes, with Dave Rainford curling in a cross for Deaner to nod past the helpless O'Connor. And it was the Wood defence who were caught napping when Bryan Hammatt raced onto a long ball over the top and buried it to the goalkeeper's left.

Shaun Marshall could have squared the game again bundling a close-range effort wide, but the Rebels remained in command and belatedly underlined their superiority with Hall's late strike.

The signing of Cambridge City forward Adam Wilde has been put on hold by Steve Browne after the player's club slapped a huge price tag on his head. Browne also cleared up suggestions that he had made an illegal approach to the player, saying; "I have spoken to their manager about Adam and it was just a case of the two clubs sorting out a fee for the player. Cambridge want an astronomical amount for the player, so we will have to wait and see what happens when his contract is up on May 6. But I have made no approach to the player."

On the Rebels job Browne said: "I am just cracking on with it and taking each day as it comes. I am meeting with the board and hope to be able to sign two new players in time for Saturday's match."

Boreham Wood Lineup


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