Stoke victorious at Wexham Park

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Att: 402
Slough Town
0 - 2
Basingstoke Town
Newbery (64, 82)
Paul Barrowcliff
A second-half double from Basingstoke's Newbery condemned Slough to a home defeat.

Slough were looking to improve their league form after success in the league cup against Aldershot and their 5-0 win against Bishop's Stortford last week. With the bad conditions at Wexham Park the game was always going to be a scrappy affair and so it turned out to be.

After a even start Slough had an early opportunity to get a strike on goal when former Rebel Chris Honor fouled Dwight Marshall. From the free-kick Dylan Kerr's curling shot had plenty of pace and accuracy and his effort rebounded off the post and luckily bounced out of danger.

Minutes later Slough had a scare when Tim Sills shot from the right fell right into the path of Newbery, but the dangerous striker shot well over the bar when he should have at least hit the target.

Newbery was involved again soon after when his knock down fell to Tim Sills who blasted over the bar from the edge of the area.

Slough had a goal ruled out on the half hour mark. Hall and Barrowcliff played a one-two, Barrowcliff crossed in, Tarr seemed to loose the ball and Marshall put the ball in only for the referee to harshly rule the goal out saying that the ball was kicked out of the Basingstoke keeper's hands.

This seemed to spark Slough into life and they had a five minute spell when they were playing some good football. In this spell Barrowcliff had a shot which was wonderfully tipped over the barr by Scott Tarr in the 'Stoke goal.

The last real effort of the half came from Basingstoke. Kemp lost the ball in defence and the ball fell to Winter who dragged his shot wide from an angle.

In a match being played in poor conditions, Slough started the second half as the better team, but despite being in the Basingstoke half for a lot of the opening ten minutes they failed to create clear cut chances in front of goal.

They did half one half chance though; Townley played the ball into the box, which was controlled by Barrowcliff and laid back to Kerr, who saw his first time effort from the edge of the box whizz past Tarr's left hand post with the keeper beaten.

On 60 minutes Basingstoke gradually started to get back into the match and nearly scored when Naylor's free kick from the right was headed inches past the post by Jason Bristow.

Then on 64 minutes they did take the lead. Daly played a backpass to Honey who had time to compose himself under no pressure, but he cleared the ball first time to Newbery, who gratefully accepted his gift and calmly placed the ball into a open goal.

Honey nearly made amends for his mistake in bizarre fashion when his long kick bounced high in the Basingstoke penalty area and needed to be tipped over by his opposite number Tarr for a corner.

Five minutes later Slough had another good chance to equalise. Townley produced a good long ball to Markman, who controlled the ball well, but dragged his shot wide.

But Basingstoke wrapped up the game on 82 minutes when Newbery was played through on goal. He evaded Kemp's challenge and placed the ball past Honey in the Slough goal to make it 2-0.

Basingstoke Town Line up

Tarr, Baker, Bristow, J Sills, Wilkinson, Honor, Winter, Newbery, T Sills, Forbes. Subs: Richardson, Gorman, Perry.

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