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Smith double sees Slough make it six in a row

Potters Bar Town

Potters Bar Town

Slough Town

Slough Town

Dyer (12), Smith (24, 57)
League Attendance: 141 Adam Foulser
Two goals from Eddie Smith helped Slough to a sixth straight league victory, which keeps the Rebels in third place.

Slough arrived full of confidence after a fine win over second-placed Dunstable the previous Saturday, and continued their excellent recent form by blowing Potters Bar away with some superb attacking football on a very heavy pitch, which cut up badly as the game wore on.

Jake Parsons again started with Darren Wheeler taking a place on the bench, whilst Johnnie Dyer returned to the starting eleven in place of Scott Harris. The first chance fell to his strike partner Eddie Smith, who really should have scored but instead saw his poked effort rebound back off a post as Scholars goalkeeper George Kamurasi rushed out to narrow the angle.

Slough’s early dominance was rewarded with a 12th minute goal, which was created as a result of Smith’s persistence. The top scorer turned provider after winning the ball cleanly from a defender by the corner flag as he tried to shepherd it out of play, craftily slipping the ball between his legs before travelling into the box. Jamie McClurg side footed Smith’s cut-back goalward, which Kamurasi blocked – but only straight to Dyer, who fired the ball into the top corner.

The Rebels turned on the style despite the state of the pitch, which passed a morning inspection after a great deal of work by ground staff. Jake Parsons fired just over from the edge of the box after Warren Harris got free of his marker and laid the ball across.

But Slough soon made it two-nil with 24 minutes on the clock. The hosts were susceptible to the simple ball over the top all afternoon, and on this occasion Sean Fraser’s delivery was impeccable, playing Smith clean through on goal. This time, Smith beat Kamurasi with aplomb.

Slough worked hard to close down their opponents and get forward at every opportunity, and Kamurasi was called upon to brilliantly turn a shot from Smith onto the crossbar and over as Slough continued to mount the pressure, looking for a third goal which would surely have killed the game off.

Slough’s half time lead was fully merited, and the visitors quickly set about trying to add a third, but Warren Harris’ deep cross was defended well with Dyer ready to pounce.

In the 57th minute Slough did extend their lead, with Smith again being played in on goal and finishing calmly past the helpless Kamurasi, who was offered little support, for his 24th goal of the season.

Slough missed further chances, with Kamurasi saving well from McClurg again after a flowing move involving Warren Harris and Smith, whilst Harris fired straight at the keeper from the edge of the box.

Potters Bar registered their first shot on target in the closing stages through substitute James Ewington, but never looked likely to score, and Jake Somerville comfortably held on to his clean sheet, ably assisted by the back four and midfield in front of him.

Slough now face two home games against Egham Town and St Ives Town as they look to maintain their challenge for a playoff spot.

Potters Bar Town Lineup

George Kamurasi, Ashley Harrison-Barker, Matt Clifford, Fabion Simms, Jack Friend, Lee Close, Usama Hamdan, Cole Penny, Tobi Akinjirrin, Josh Hutchinson, Evandro Delgado. Subs: Tom Laxton, James Ewington, Frankie Lane, Finbarr Robins, Mike Underwood.


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