The visiting Adders, who in December announced their intention to resign from the Southern League, have slipped down the table of late after a promising start, and could have gone behind early on at Holloways Park, but Sean Sonner slapped a volley against Courtney Belford’s post.
With Slough’s defence looking slightly nervous after conceding three goals in each of their last two games, Simeon Smith put a free header into the arms of Charlie Fanner.
Sonner missed the opportunity to open the scoring, blasting the ball straight at Belford with Sinclair unable to squeeze the ball past the retreating Atherstone defenders.
Slough did however take a deserved lead in the 23rd minute after a period of sustained pressure. Good work down the right saw Simon Sweeney cross in to Sonner, who fired past Belford from a narrow angle after his initial header had been blocked.
Just three minutes later, with the Adders defending deep and struggling to soak up the pressure, Sonner almost grabbed a second but Belford was able to react and tip his effort over the bar. From the resulting corner though, Stuart Swift’s delivery was met with a towering header from Chris Seeby, who powered a header past Belford, which would have hit the back of the net without Adam Logie’s glancing header a yard out which saw the midfielder claim his eighth goal of the season.
Slough continued to keep the ball well on a difficult pitch, and the Rebels took a three-goal lead just before half time, which looked to have killed the game off. Adam Wood’s trip on Steve Sinclair was clear-cut and Danny Burnell converted the resulting spot-kick, past Belford’s left hand.
After a Burnell effort was ruled out for offside early in the second half, Slough saw out the remainder of the match very comfortably, with Atherstone forced to resort to long-range shots which were all off target. With Steve Perkins returning to the back four alongside Chris Seeby, the Rebels back line looked a lot less porous, albeit against an Atherstone side having an off-day, and allowed the full-backs the opportunity to get forward.
Slough came closest to extending their lead when Chris Herron drilled a low ball across the six yard box, but fellow substitute Ben Porter narrowly failed to make contact.
Atherstone Town Line up
C Belford, Perry, Sockett, Milner (Shepherd), Wood (c), Weale, Crawford, Amory, Smith (Webb), Waite, Banks. Subs not used: King, Scattergood, D Belford.