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Effiong scores twice to defeat Rebels

Slough Town

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Dunstable Town

Dunstable Town

Effiong (3, 45+3), Burnett (30)
League Attendance: 307 Ryan Parsons
Three first-half goals saw visiting Dunstable Town on the way to a comfortable win over Slough, who had winger James Dobson dismissed early in the second half.

After a desperately poor performance against Cirencester in midweek, Slough joint managers Neil Baker and Jon Underwood were keen to put it behind them and achieve a positive result against visiting Dunstable, but the Rebels fell behind after just three minutes.

Ben Herd gained possession on the right and cut in almost unchallenged, before slipping a pass to striker Inih Effiong, whose strike beat Jake Somerville via a post. Slough were punished for standing off and allowing the visitors far too much time and space.

Billy Jeffreys then sustained a knee injury, which looks initially to be a strain of the medial ligament, and was replaced by Tom Moran. Scott Davies blazed well wide from distance, whilst Slough really struggled to test Dunstable’s second choice goalkeeper Nathan Abbey throughout the match. First choice Luke Chambers had been injured in the warm-up.

Jamie McClurg wriggled into the box but his weak shot was an easy save for Abbey – and on the half hour mark, Dunstable doubled their lead. Steven Gregory played the ball through to Tony Burnett, who eluded a challenge before rounding Somerville and placing the ball into an empty net from close range.

The goal deflated Slough somewhat, with the Rebels very much second best to Dunstable and their position worsened with another injury, this time to McClurg, who was replaced by Leigh Rumbold.

A half-chance at best was put wide by Eddie Smith, who reacted quickly to try to divert the ball goalwards after a ricochet fell into his path, but the ball drifted wide.

In the third minute of stoppage time, Dunstable struck again with a third goal, Effiong getting his second of the game. This time, amidst more slack defending, Danny May played the ball to Effiong, who hooked the ball expertly over Somerville, the goal of the game.

Slough failed to improve in the second half and James Dobson’s dismissal for two quick yellow cards made a comeback highly improbable. Dobson fouled Herd twice in the space of a few minutes, and the inevitable red card left his team mates with it all to do.

Slough rallied somewhat, but still lost possession far too often and Dunstable looked extremely comfortable playing the ball around and trying to create a fourth goal.

Somerville stuck out his right arm to keep out a strike from Davies, and Dunstable substitute Jamale McKenzie-Lowe just failed to connect with a slight touch from a well-struck cross from the right, but the visitors had done more than enough to earn all three points.

Dunstable Town Lineup

Nathan Abbey, Ben Herd (c), Danny May, Luke Ruddick, Shane Blackett, Steven Gregory, Adam Watkins (Jamale McKenzie-Lowe, 73), Charlie Henry, Inih Effiong (Gary Mulligan, 65), Scott Davies, Tony Burnett. Subs not used: David Lynn, Kai Gardner.


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