In the end, the score line was emphatic in favour of the Rebels, who made Chalfont pay for missed chances in the first half, with the home side showing a ruthless streak in the second half after taking the lead shortly after the restart.
Asen Valchev’s free kick, which sailed wide, was an early warning shot in an even opening quarter of an hour. The visitors missed a great chance to take the lead with an effort from a corner, which on-loan goalkeeper Max Oberschmidt kept out, and Slough hacked the ball clear.
But shortly after, with 20 minutes played, Terrell Lewis found himself with space on the right hand side, and he expertly lobbed the ball over the onrushing Oberschmidt after running on to a ball forward.
Chalfont will rue missed chances to extend the lead, the visitors having gone close from a corner and seeing striker Leon Osei twice fire wide from the edge of the box, having worked himself into good positions. The visitors looked dangerous on the flanks throughout the first half, and won the midfield battle, with Slough looking low on confidence and unable to keep possession and pressurise their opponents.
Slough’s best opening came two minutes before the end of the first half, as Darren Wheeler played in Warren Harris, who saw his fierce strike blocked by goalkeeper Michael Power-Simpson. In the aftermath, Slough won a free kick around 20 yards out. Wheeler stepped up to strike the ball, and Power-Simpson could only push the ball on to the crossbar instead of over, leaving Adam Cornell with an easy headed finish into an open net, to record his first goal for the club.
This was to prove absolutely vital for Slough, who went in to the half time break level, and emerged a different side in the second half. Seven minutes in, Harris embarked on a run down the right, and beat Ronayne Marsh-Brown before crossing in to the middle. Cornell dummied cleverly for Johnnie Dyer to half-volley the ball beyond Power-Simpson, and Slough were ahead.
After this, confidence visibly flowed through the Slough team, and the Rebels were awarded a penalty after Harris was hauled down after wriggling free of his marker. Dyer stepped up to dispatch the kick low into the bottom corner, just out of Power-Simpson’s reach with 55 minutes played.
The introduction of Eddie Smith for Cornell, who had enjoyed a good full debut, added further attacking threat for Slough. Not long after he entered the field, Smith hit the post with a placed effort after being played in on goal, with Harris unable to reach the rebound. Leigh Rumbold was also unlucky to see a header from the edge of the box hit the bar and fly over, before getting back superbly to block a goalbound strike from Alan Hedley.
On 74 minutes, Slough extended their lead further to make certain of the three points. Wheeler gave right-back Tayo Coker a torrid time, and put in a cross which was deflected in – Warren Harris claimed his tenth goal of the season, though the last touch looked to have been from a Chalfont defender.
By now, Slough were in full flow, and Power-Simpson produced a good save from Smith, but was powerless to stop the Rebels’ top scorer tapping in his 17th goal of the season moments later. Wheeler again got the better of Coker, winning the ball cleanly as the defender tried to shepherd the ball out of play, and whipped the ball across the face of goal, where Smith was on hand to apply an easy finish and claim his 50th goal for the club in just 68 appearances.
Smith almost added a sixth late on as he tried to turn in a cross-shot from Dyer, but Slough supporters will be more than happy with a final score of 5-1, particularly after a poor first half showing. The result halts a poor recent run and sets the side up nicely for a difficult trip to Barton Rovers, level on points with Slough, on Saturday.
Chalfont St Peter Line up
Michael Power-Simpson, Tayo Coker, Ronayne Marsh-Brown, Gareth Paxton, Farai Hallam, Alex Paine, Romaine Walker, Alan Hedley, Leon Osei, Terrell Lewis, Asen Valchev. Subs: Remmel Clarke, Chris Christie, Danilson Vicente, Liam Fowler, Evandro Delgado.