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Burgess strike wins the points at Ashford

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Att: 182
Ashford Town (Middx)
0 - 1
Slough Town
Burgess (41)
Adam Martin
Ollie Burgess' superb first half strike proved to be the only goal of the game as Slough won a hard-fought three points at Ashford.

The crucial moment arrived four minutes before half time, and Burgess, who also scored the winning goal at Short Lane last season, and the opening goal in a 6-1 win over the Middlesex side earlier this season, adjusted his body position superbly to side foot the ball into Paul McCarthy's side netting after Adam Martin had beaten his man and crossed from the left.

In many ways this was the perfect away performance from Steve Bateman’s Slough, who scored at a crucial time in the game and held a physical Ashford side at bay in a tight game of few clear chances, the best of which were created by the Rebels.

After two midweek victories, Bateman was able to bring in fresh legs in the form of Stuart Swift, Ollie Burgess, Jake Parsons and Danny Burnell. In the early going, Ed Smith shot just wide from the edge of the box and Ashford threatened briefly with a goalmouth scramble following a corner, but Slough cleared comfortably.

Smith later tested McCarthy with a difficult chance, the striker stretching to make contact with Swift’s accurate long pass forward, but unable to add to his two goals against Northwood on Thursday evening. For Ashford, Scott Weight headed a corner over and Mario Quiasacca had an effort cleared off the line.

It was perhaps fitting that the best piece of skill in the game resulted in the winning goal. Adam Martin, out wide on the left, worked hard to make space for a cross after beating Rob Curtis and crossing into the middle. Burgess reacted quickly as the ball was deflected to put the ball out of McCarthy’s reach.

The second half was controlled by Slough, with the game mainly played in Ashford’s half, and the Rebels racked up another three points with a determined display. Burgess fired another effort well over and Martin had a strike turned around the post excellently by McCarthy.

The best chance to double the lead came as Smith was played one-on-one with McCarthy, but the goalkeeper denied him again. James Warrington, meanwhile, had very little to do, with his defence again snuffing out Ashford with relative ease. Jim Mann’s header from a corner kick, which was cleared away from danger, was the closest they came to an equaliser.

The result is Slough's third victory in the space of five days, following midweek wins over North Greenford and Northwood.

Ashford Town (Middx) Line up

Paul McCarthy, Rob Curtis, Alex Duffy, Russ Canderton (c), Jim Mann, Scott Weight, Samad Kazi (Joe Bennett), Jack Mullan, Kofi Lockhart-Adams, Mario Quiassaca, Ed Thomas (J Mingle). Subs not used: Bairoh Conteh, M Hurbert, Tyler Tobin.

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