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The Vanarama National League South

Slough defeated at The Gore

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4 - 2
Slough Town
W Harris, Dyer (pen)
Warren Harris
Slough’s pre-season campaign ended in defeat at near neighbours Burnham, the reigning champions of the Southern League Central division comfortably winning 4-2 at The Gore.

After early Slough pressure, Burnham opened the scoring after around 10 minutes with a well-worked and well-taken goal. Predictably enough, former Slough talisman Dan Burnell was the man to register, as he got ahead of his man to touch Ryan Blake’s cross past Jake Somerville in the Slough goal.

Burnham grew in stature and were the better side for the rest of the first half, winning the midfield battle with Dwain Lee particularly impressive, leaving Slough’s front two with little to feed on. The Rebels suffered a blow in the opening quarter of an hour when Ed Smith turned his ankle, Aaron Lansiquot replacing him.

In the second half, Slough started the brighter and grabbed an equaliser five minutes in. Adam Foulser headed a long throw towards goal, and whilst Michael Watkins did well to stretch to his right and keep the ball out, it landed perfectly for Warren Harris to sweep the rebound past him.

Burnham responded strongly however, and regained the lead just three minutes later. The hosts forced Slough into a mistake, and Blake latched on to a poor header back from Adam Foulser, beating Somerville to the ball and rolling it into the empty net.

Seven minutes later, Burnham added a third. Adam Bernard was upended in the box and referee Ernie Moore awarded a penalty, which James Dobson converted.

By the time Burnham notched their fourth, Slough were beginning to look ragged, with the hosts well on top and forcing the Rebels into mistakes. Bernard found the bottom corner of Somerville’s goal from the edge of the box, and should have added a fifth on two occasions, first firing wide when Somerville was left exposed by a misplaced pass, then blazing horribly over after working space well in the box.

Slough were awarded a very dubious penalty as Aaron Couch and Burnham’s second goalkeeper Matt Collis collided in the final minute, with Johnnie Dyer firing into the bottom corner from 12 yards.

Slough’s first league match is next Saturday against Northwood at Holloways Park.

Slough Town Line up

Somerville, Hollis, Lake, Woozley, Foulser (c), Short, Burgess, McClurg, Smith, Wheeler, W Harris. Subs (all used): Fraser, Couch, Dyer, Lansiquot.

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