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Roach Double Downs Royals

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Att: 481
Slough Town
Gilkes (29), Roach (43,79)
3 - 0
Windsor & Eton
After a disappointing result against Carshalton Athletic on Saturday Slough claimed victory over local rivals Windsor & Eton in a 3-goal victory with Neville Roach scoring twice.

It was the Royalists who were the better of the two sides early on with former Rebel Garry Smart having the best chance for the away side after good work by Windsor's on-loan Boreham Wood winger Matt Brady, but Smart shot wide of the target from the edge of the area. At this stage of the match the visitors were passing the ball around well, but they rarely threatened the Slough goal and despite the fact that the Rebels did not play well early on you always felt that the hosts looked the most likely side to score.

They did on twenty-nine minutes when Michael Gilkes received a pass from Paul Barrowcliff. He ran at Michael Simmons and Gordon Hill and his cross into the area looking for Kieran Gallagher somehow bizarrely looped over Trevor Bunting into the back of the net. The home side then began to show glimpses of the form that they have done in recent weeks by passing the ball around on the floor, this resulted in Slough creating more changes against the fragile Windsor back-line.

Simon Ullathorne had two of these chances in quick succession to add to the Rebels lead. His first chance came after a foul on Gallagher and a free-kick was awarded. His shot though was well held low down by Bunting. His second chance came soon after when he was put clean through on goal by Neville Roach. Slough's top scorer dallied on the ball though, and Windsor full-back Simmons was able to get back to Ullathorne and produce a superb tackle to clear the danger.

Steve Browne's men did go two goals ahead shortly before half-time. In-form striker Neville Roach found himself clean through on goal. He seemed to have lost his chance with Windsor defenders closing in, but hit shot squeezed between Bunting's legs into the net. Just minutes into the second half Windsor were given a great chance to pull a goal back when Anthony Howard was harshly adjudged to have handled the ball in the area. Despite the Home sides protests the penalty was awarded much to the surprise of the home and away fans.

Windsor's top goalscorer Tony Boot took the resultant penalty only to see his shot well kept out by Steve Mautone who once again saved from the spot. Seven minutes after the penalty miss Slough nearly went three-goals ahead when Neville Roach turned sharply in the box only to see his shot brilliantly saved by Bunting. Roach was not to be denied his second goal of the match and got it with eleven minutes remaining when Veli Hakki put the striker through on goal. He calmly rounded the keeper to put the home side three goals up.

It could have been worse for Windsor had Slough taken other opportunities with Bunting saving well again after a goalmouth scramble and had Slough substitute Michael Bartley not missed a good chance when he was through on goal. Slough were not at their best tonight and can play a lot better, but you can't ask much better than a 3-goal win in a loacal derby. Steve Browne will be happy with the result.

Windsor & Eton Line up

Bunting, Simmons, Smart, Craker, Hill, James, Brady, Adams (Jarvis), Palmer, Boot (Gale), Tilbury (White)

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