In a first half of few chances, Slough’s best play involved Dan Burnell and Sean Sonner making runs off the shoulders of the Fleet back four, with a lot of the play coming down the right hand side, with Steve Sinclair heavily involved. Sonner nodded a Stuart Swift corner against David Smalley’s crossbar in Slough’s first real chance, the ball bouncing up and over.
James Warrington, making his Slough debut after being signed in midweek, had a couple of nervy moments in goal, but grew in stature as the game wore on. In the first half, Nathan Bowden-Haase, again partnering Adam Logie at the back, was alert to clear off the line after the goalkeeper failed to deal with a corner.
Bowden-Haase was again the hero shortly after, heading away Luke King’s effort after the wide player had showed good skill to come inside, although the Fleet player slipped on the turf as he shaped to shoot.
The breakthrough came from interplay between Stuart Swift and Adam Martin on the left. Swift played the ball back to Danny Murphy, and the full-back’s first-time cross to the back post was nodded down and across Smalley, the ball nestling in the back of the net, giving the Rebels a half-time lead.
Following a downpour during the interval, Fleet had the better of the early part of the second half, and Lee Riddell twice tested Warrington with free kicks; the first punched away, and the second a fine low save to his left.
Between these events, Steve Sinclair forced a great save from Smalley at his near post as Slough looked to capitalise on the gaps appearing as Fleet pushed forward. From the resulting corner, Bowden-Haase’s towering header was tipped over by Smalley as Slough turned up the heat.
Fleet’s biggest threat came from King again, and after running at Simon Sweeney, he found space to fire in a low shot, which beat Warrington but hit the outside of the post and rolled behind.
More gaps were appearing at the back for Fleet though, but Sean Sonner fired too close to Smalley as Slough broke clear with options in the middle.
A second goal looked inevitable as Burnell got in on the left, but his ball across the face of goal was missed by Sonner, with Sinclair’s effort blocked thanks to some heroic defending by Nick Hutchings and Marc Vockins on the line.
Charlie Mpi, who replaced Burnell, looked to claim his first Slough goal after Smalley had beaten out a shot from Adam Martin, but he was adjudged to be offside. Mpi went closer still shortly after, his header across goal somehow missed by Sonner at the back post as Slough piled on the pressure.
However, Slough were not to be denied the second goal their performance had merited, and after Sinclair chipped the ball back into the danger zone following a corner, Mpi’s bullet header was kept out by Smalley, but only into the path of Adam Logie, who atoned for his mistake in midweek against Burnham by firing home to seal the points.
Slough were not finished though, and going into the final minute of the game, added further gloss to the scoreline. After regaining possession from the kick off, the ball was worked to Mpi, who held it up well and released Sinclair. His run at goal was halted illegally by Vockins, but the ball ran loose to Sonner, who had the simple task of sidefooting into the empty goal.
Fleet Town Line up
David Smalley, Dan Roussell, Nick Hutchings, Lee Riddell (c), Gavin Miller, Alex Frostick (Marc Vockins), James Pilgrim (Louis Wilson), Craig Davis, Johnnie Dyer, Suhnel Odeh, Luke King (Sam Knowles). Subs not used: Mark Watkins, Cathel Maclean.