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11th
63pts

Slough lose away at Gravel Hill

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Att: 229
Chalfont St Peter
Strutton (43, 79)
2 - 1
Slough Town
Brown (28)
Alex Brown
Alex Brown's first half goal was not enough to continue Slough's unbeaten run at the top of the table as Charlie Strutton struck twice to topple the Rebels.

This was the first meeting between the two clubs since January 1988, when the Rebels beat the Saints 6-1 at Wexham Park to progress in the Berks & Bucks Cup – but a similar result was never going to be likely against a young Saints side going well in the league following promotion last season.

Slough were ultimately made to pay for a poor second half showing, but the Rebels had the better of the play in the opening exchanges, with a penalty appeal being ignored by the referee after Steve Perkins took an arm in the face as a corner was played in.

Saints forward player Daniel Hughes looked a real threat along with wide player Danny Dyer, and he played in the latter, who fired the first effort of the game over the bar.

The clearest chance by far for Slough in the opening 45 minutes came when Ben Abbey, starting in place of the suspended Danny Burnell, was played clean through on goal, one-on-one with Mark Oliver, but the keeper spread himself well to block the effort.

The two sides exchanged long shots at goal, with both Charlie Strutton and Steve Perkins having efforts from distance easily saved, but it was Slough that took the lead in the 28th minute when Alex Brown connected with a corner to nod past Oliver at the near post, the big defender getting to the ball ahead of the keeper.

Shortly after, Slough were dealt their first blow of the afternoon when Abbey was forced off through injury, and, with no striker available on the bench, Adam Logie was brought into the midfield with Ollie Burgess moved into a more advanced position.

The Saints used this disruption to their advantage, and fashioned an equaliser two minutes before the break. A Hughes corner was punched clear by James Warrington to the edge of the box, but Strutton was lurking and found the back of the net with a controlled half volley which gave the keeper no chance and flew past Steve Perkins who was covering on the goal-line.

Slough were grateful for the half-time whistle to arrive as the hosts probably should have gone ahead just after the goal. Dyer and Hughes combined again, and Hughes had a shot saved before Alex Brown cleared the danger.

After the restart, Saints upped the ante and their pace caused Slough more and more problems, with Dyer, the main orchestrator for the home side, a constant threat on the right. Bedel Guei’s well struck long shot hit the top of the bar as Slough's joint-best defensive record was severely tested.

Alex Brown put in two thunderous last-ditch tackles to snuff out chances for Chalfont, who went close again as Chris Mills forced Warrington into a low save as he tried to find the bottom corner with a curling effort.

But the Rebels really should have taken the lead midway through the second half when Sean Sonner's clever back heel gave Ollie Burgess a clear shot from 12 yards, but he blazed well over with the goal gaping.

Slough were ultimately made to pay when, on 79 minutes, Strutton picked out Dyer on the right, who got the better of substitute Stuart Swift and fired a ball across which Strutton struck emphatically past Warrington.

In truth, Slough had looked lacking up front and struggled to create chances after Abbey's departure - and the game finished on a sour note for Steve Bateman's side as Adam Logie, who had previously been shown a yellow card, received a second for a late tackle to leave the Rebels with ten men and an uphill struggle which proved too much as Chalfont St Peter deservedly picked up all three points.

Chalfont St Peter Line up

Mark Oliver, Lewis Cumber, Jerome Okimo, Kyle Jeffery, Adam Louth, Bedel Guei, Danny Dyer (Jamie O'Donaghue 87), Chris Mills (Terrell Lewis 78), Charlie Strutton, Daniel Hughes (Derek Quaye 84), Alan Hedley. Subs not used: Daniel Hicks, Connor Spaans.

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