Rebels stun high flying Hamlet with comeback from the brink

Dulwich Hamlet

Dulwich Hamlet

Garland (17), Stevens (27)
Slough Town

Slough Town

Rainford (34), Hall (51), Marshall (2-3)
League Attendance: 405 David Rainford
Slough Town clawed hack a two-goal deficit against second placed Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday with a superb three goal comeback. Despite the sub-zero conditions the Rebels produced a lively performance and-midfielder Mark Hathorne back from a lengthy injury, was in great form.

Loan-signing Dwight Marshall chased every ball up front and made himself a constant threat in the Dulwich defence. But after 17 minutes the home side took the initiative. After poor play from new centre back Aiden O'Brien and Leon Townley, who between them allowed Dave Stevens to cross for ex-football league player Peter Garland, who made no mistake from close range.

That set the home supporters in buoyant mood and for the next 10 minutes Slough faced an onslaught on their goal from the home side. And it was no surprise when Dulwich extended their lead through Stevens, who finished off Garland's superb delivery, with a perfectly struck shot from 20 yards to give Danny Honey no chance in the Rebels goal.

With Slough on the back foot many would have expected the Rebels to fall apart but instead they kept their heads high and managed to step up a gear. Seven minutes later Slough got their reward for not giving up hope when Dave Rainford thumped a superb free-kick into the corner of the Dulwich net, boosting the mood in the visiting dressing room at the break.

Slough's midfielders Mark Hall, Mark Hawthorne, Rainford and Aaron Patton took impressive control of the game in the second half. Then, a great cross from Micky Engwell found Hall at the far post and his diving header on 51 minutes brought Slough level.

The visitors should have taken the lead minutes later when a clearance from the Dulwich keeper rebounded against David Adekola's legs. Amazingly the ball struck the upright and saved the goalkeeper's blushes.

However, the visiting supporters didn't have long to wait for the winner, when Patton played a superb through ball to Marshall and his first time effort was fired just inside the far post.

But with the Rebels firmly in control midfielder Hall showed his downside, diving into a tackle on Stevens wide on the touch line. That brought a fracas between both players and a red card for each of them to sour a superb game, which will have boosted all who follow the Rebels.

Slough Town have completed the signing of Burnham striker Marcus Richardson this week and are expected to bring a Football League player to the club on loan in time for Saturday's match against Dulwich Hamlet. Caretaker boss Steve Browne said: "We have signed Marcus Richardson on a two year deal. "He is a raw talent and I have told him that he has a lot of work to do at Slough. He needs to make the step up but I am sure that he will do well. He will definitely feature in some way on Saturday. I am also hoping to bring a Barnet player on loan. He is a midfielder and has a lot of experience."

Reflecting on last week's superb comeback against Dulwich Hamlet Browne was delighted with his side. He said: "The fans want us to play good football week in week out but players in this league cannot do that every week, otherwise they would be in a better league. But sometimes we have to be boring to win games. Overall I am quite pleased to get the result and we showed some good spirit."

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