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15th
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Burnell buries The Moles

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Att: 293
Slough Town
Martin (73), Sonner (76), Burnell (90)
3 - 2
Aylesbury
Miller (22), Hawkins (74)
David Woozley
Slough hosted fellow play off hopefuls Aylesbury without the suspended Paul Coyne and with Steve Sinclair absent.

Steve Batemen drafted in son Sam, who impressed in the midweek league cup fixture at Cambridge City, to fill the midfield berth and Ben Porter made his first league start on the right flank.

The opening passages of the game were chess like, as each side seemed to be weighing up the opposition probing for opportunities to make an attack.

Aylesbury looked to test Bullivant in the Slough goal with a flurry of early crossing opportunities but showing neat footwork and confidence in the box, he was able either to claim the ball cleanly or punch clear. However, the confidence this start instilled was shaken when a free kick to the right hand side of the box was misjudged by both Bullivant and Murphy and this minor lapse in concentration was punished to the full by Miller who nipped in to round Bullivant and slot into the unguarded net.

Slough mounted immediate pressure to equalise but were soon caught on the counter attack when Hawkins found himself through on goal. There was a coming together as Woozley tried to recover and the away following appealed for a penalty only to see the claims waved away by the referee.

Another moment of controversy that incensed the Aylesbury bench was when an apparent clash of heads saw Sooner booked, amid claims of a leading arm, and both Sooner and Stevens treated for head injuries.

The second half started in much the same fashion but there proved to be two critical turning points, the first on 50 minutes saw the influential Aylesbury skipper Stevens who had been dominating the midfield battle carried off to be replaced by Prosper. This was indeed prosperous for Slough who began to take control of the game and push for a much needed equaliser. The second came as Slough looked to play more directly and replace Porter with Simon Martin and this paid almost immediate dividends. Across from the right was met by Sonner who forced a save from Smith and the ball fell kindly to Martin who finished coolly.

The Slough fans sensing that the tide had turned and that three points were on the cards roared the team on. The bubble of euphoria was almost instantly burst as Aylesbury broke rapidly down the left with Williams crossing for the unmarked Hawkins to make it 2-1 to the away side.

It seemed a familiar story for the Rebels but they were not to be beaten, a free kick from deep in their own half was launched into the box, the second ball broke to the left were Herron and Swift combined to work a crossing opportunity but a poor defensive header taking Smith out of the game completely allowed Sonner to nod scruffily into an unguarded net. Despair had turned to joy within sixty seconds and again the Slough fans were baying for a winner.

It arrived in stoppage time, what appeared to be a poor cross from Sonner on the right was misjudged by Smith under heavy pressure from Simon Martin and Burnell was able to force the ball home for 3-2 and a much needed three points for the Rebels.

Aylesbury Line up

S Smith, A Smith, Mead, Stevens, Douglas, Butler, Thomson, Williams, Miller, Hawkins, Schmidt. Subs: Prosper, Sennala, Brown, Philip, Timberlake

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