In the end, a lack of finesse by Slough in front of goal denied the Rebels the chance to overtake St Neots at the top of the league, and provided Beaconsfield a vital point.
Kick off was preceded by a minute’s applause to celebrate the life of Slough Town stalwart Chris Sliski, known to all as “Mr. Slough Town”, who tragically died on Easter Sunday.
Slough came out looking for a goal, but the opening exchanges were tight and nervy. Paul Coyne volleyed well wide from 25 yards as an early corner came to nothing.
With 23 minutes on the clock, Victor Osubu found some space on the left for Beaconsfield, and he came inside and fired a cross-shot which was turned in by the unfortunate Danny Murphy.
Warrington made a good save from former Rebel Charlie Mpi soon after, rushing out to meet the striker, and at the other end Slough were close to an equaliser as Chris Herron smashed a cross-shot across the face of the six yard box, just too far in front of the onrushing Slough attackers.
SYCOB goalkeeper was fortunate not to have conceded as he spilled a cross from Simon Sweeney under pressure from Sean Sonner, but he gathered the loose ball.
Slough did draw level two minutes before the break though, Ollie Burgess connecting with a sweet cross fizzed in by Herron with the outside of his left boot to head past Power-Simpson.
Into the second half, Slough started to dominate, but Dave Woozley did very well to win the ball from the dangerous Osubu as he went on a long run at the heart of the defence.
Both sides were finding it hard to keep possession on the bobbly pitch, but Slough were doing their best to try and edge ahead, without creating many clear-cut opportunities.
Steve Bateman made changes, introducing Jerome Anderson, Steve Sinclair and Ben Abbey, and his side really should have scored a winning goal late on – first as Power-Simpson saved from Sinclair after Anderson had cut the ball back.
SYCOB were desperately holding on as Anderson put the ball a foot past the post from a Sinclair ball in to the middle – and moments later, Abbey hit the post as he followed up after Power-Simpson had spilt another shot. But the moment had passed, and the away side on the day withstood the waves of attack to deny Slough what would have been a crucial win.
Slough Town Line Up
- 1 James Warrington
- 2 Simon Sweeney
- 3 Danny Murphy
- 4 Steve Perkins
- 5 Nathan Bowden-Haase
- 6 David Woozley
- 7 Ollie Burgess 17
- 8 Paul Coyne
- 9 Danny Burnell 12
- 10 Sean Sonner 14
- 11 Chris Herron
Beaconsfield Town Line up
Michael Power-Simpson, Ryan Upward, Ashleigh James, Sam Grayley, Mark Burgess, Anthony Page, Victor Osubu, Fiston Manuella (c), Adam Bernard, Sam Waddieh, Charles Mpi. Subs: Nevin Saroya, Tyron Sealey, Joe Hatcher, Ben Hudell.