Slough were beaten at the Honeycroft last season, but aside from a fairly even opening quarter of an hour, there looked to be little chance of a repeat result this season.
Neither goalkeeper was troubled early on, but once Slough started clicking into gear, Uxbridge found it difficult to cope with the wave of attacks, particularly in the second half
Indeed, Uxbridge perhaps played the better football early on, but after a Paul Coyne corner was headed off the line having almost dropped in, Slough upped the tempo and last season’s top scorer Dan Burnell narrowly failed to connect with an inviting cross across the six yard box from his strike partner Sean Sonner.
The former Burnham forward, Leon Yarnie, was a threat on the counter attack, and having beaten his man on the right flank, he came inside, but Murphy’s tackle was inch perfect to deny him a shooting chance.
With a greater fluency in their play, Slough were finding openings on the right side with Steve Sinclair heavily involved – and the winger came close to opening the scoring when he volleyed a deep Sonner cross towards the bottom corner, but goalkeeper John Peacock got down low to save well.
But on the stroke of half-time, Slough found the breakthrough in slightly fortuitous circumstances. A disputed free-kick was played in low by Coyne, and was flicked up by Sonner. The ball fell invitingly for Burnell, and the striker’s acrobatic overhead attempt crept into the bottom corner via Peacock’s hand, the Uxbridge number one probably thinking he could have done better.
Former Slough defender Ryan Fenton appeared as a second half substitute for Uxbridge, but the pattern of play did not change, as the Rebels continued to dominate.
Dave Woozley found himself in the Uxbridge box after a storming run through the heart of the Reds’ defence. He continued his run and headed Sonner’s cross into the turf, and was extremely unfortunate to see his effort bounce up, off the crossbar and over.
Burnell volleyed over and Peacock fisted away a fizzing volley from Sinclair as Slough continued to pepper the Uxbridge goal.
Shaun Byrne limped off with a hamstring injury in a blow to Steve Bateman’s side and Uxbridge had a good spell of possession in and around the Slough box, the ball ricocheting around dangerously, but ultimately coming to nothing.
Slough spurned further good chances to kill off the game through Logie and Sonner before eventually doubling their lead deservedly with seven minutes remaining.
After Danny Murphy put in a magnificent tackle to deny Uxbridge on the break, the Rebels went on a counter-attack of their own. Steve Sinclair bore down on goal and his measured effort rebounded back off the crossbar – but Sean Sonner was on hand to sidefoot home the rebound and all but seal the points.
Peacock made another fine save to deny a goalbound volley from Burnell in the closing stages, but Slough will be more than happy with an unbeaten start to the season and a second clean sheet, after a game in which they rarely looked like conceding a goal.
Uxbridge Line up
John Peacock, Gavin Brown, David Thomas, Rob Fitzgerald, Tom Bentley, James Duncan, Danny Julienne (Ryan Fenton), Gavin Hart (Craige Tomkins), Michael Murray, Chris Moore, Leon Yarnie (Mo Hashi). Subs not used: Adam Toone, Mathew Elston-Bull.