The Rebels got their 2012 off to the perfect start, but the visitors certainly gave them a few scares early on, despite Slough starting strongly. Gavin James looked lively up front alongside John Mbamarah, and he shot just past the post after twisting and turning past his marker.
Marlow held out for half an hour, but Chris Seeby, excellent again in this match following a superb game at Fleet, fired the Rebels into the lead with a drilled finish into the bottom corner after former Rebels defender Mark Avery had only half-cleared a Steve Sinclair cross.
A Slough onslaught ensued, and Dan Burnell headed home at the far post from Paul Coyne's floated corner, but his effort was disallowed due to a foul by Sean Sonner.
Just a minute later though, Burnell claimed his 17th goal of the season, firing across Jonathan Nydell and into the far corner after good work from Sonner.
Moments before half-time, Marlow midfielder Stuart Maclellan was dismissed by referee Adrian Piggott following a challenge with Nathan Bowden-Haase, and the game was effectively ended as a contest.
Slough played with a degree of comfort in the second half and missed a number of opportunities. Sinclair went close to a third early on, but saw his effort cleared off the line.
The ten men of Marlow rarely looked a threat as Slough's marvellous recent defensive record showed no sign of abating. Aaron Couch had a sniff of goal as James Warrington came out of his goal though, but he fired high and wide.
At the other end, Nydell saved from Burnell after another surging run from Seeby, and Burnell again struck a shot straight at the keeper as Slough worked the ball to him in a crowded penalty area.
Marlow's miserable afternoon was complete ten minutes before the end as Steve Sinclair's cross, aimed at substitute Ben Abbey, was turned into his own goal by the unfortunate Mark Avery, who stretched to meet it and inadvertently seal a comprehensive victory for the Rebels.
Slough Town Line Up
- 1 James Warrington
- 2 Alex Brown
- 3 Chris Seeby
- 4 Adam Martin
- 5 Nathan Bowden-Haase
- 6 David Woozley
- 7 Steve Sinclair
- 8 Paul Coyne 12
- 9 Danny Burnell 14
- 10 Sean Sonner
- 11 Stuart Swift 17
Marlow Line up
Jonathan Nydell, Jon Case (c), Nathaniel Blanks, Ashleigh James, Mark Avery, Zak Gill, Stuart Maclellan, Johnny Isaac, John Mbamarah, Gavin James, Aaron Couch. Subs: Alex Cairns, Daniel Stone, Hicham Benmadani, Prince Alozi, Steve Croxford.