Slough fight back to beat Dunstable

Dunstable Town

Dunstable Town

Wharton (18), Marsh (27)
Slough Town

Slough Town

Martin (34), Jeffreys (70), Gökmen (76), Smith (90)
League Attendance: 151 Gurkan Gokmen
Gürkan Gökmen scored his first goal for Slough as the Rebels came from two goals behind to beat Dunstable Town at Creasey Park.

It was the departure of Dan Read from the pitch early on which gave Gökmen his chance, with Read suffering a nasty facial injury and having to leave the ground to receive treatment.

Eddie Smith was unlucky to see his attempted lob land on the roof of Charlie May’s goal, and the striker later headed a Chris Henry corner over the bar.

But hosts Dunstable broke the deadlock on 18 minutes. Gary Wharton found himself with plenty of time to place his shot beyond Luke Williams.

And Slough’s indifferent form looked like continuing as, after Jamale McKenzie Lowe’s shot from close range was deflected wide for a corner, Slough succumbed again as Dunstable doubled their lead. A poor clearance in the box fell to Chris Marsh, who took a touch and fired past Williams.

Seven minutes later though, Slough found an avenue back into the match with a superb goal from Adam Martin. Guy Hollis’ long throw was headed away, but the ball fell to Martin, who rifled it straight into the top corner from just inside the box.

Martin was unlucky shortly afterwards to see a shot from a similar position deflected just over the bar.

Slough maintained the pressure in the second half and went on to have much the better of it. A moment of confusion in the Dunstable box almost led to an equaliser, whilst a Danny Talbot free kick was held by Williams.

Billy Jeffreys went close for Slough, as did Talbot for Dunstable, but the hosts could not deny Slough their equaliser. May fumbled a headed effort from Tom Moran, and Jeffreys was on hand to control the ball and fire it into the net from a matter of yards out.

Slough’s dominance, with Henry and Gökmen particularly influential on the flanks, continued, and it was no surprise when the Rebels took the lead on 76 minutes. Good work from Smith and Henry led to the ball running to Gökmen, who placed a low shot past May for his first Rebels goal.

The game was not yet won, as Marsh charged into the box but dragged a shot wide of the goal, and Shane Blackett’s header from a corner was deflected over.

Slough made sure of the three points in the final minute with Smith’s 21st goal of the season. Ryan Parsons crossed the ball in, finding Smith, who turned superbly past Blackett and left himself plenty of time to fire a left-foot shot into the roof of the net to cap a much-improved second half for Slough.

Dunstable Town Lineup

Charlie May, Elliot Bailey, Charlie Smith, David Longe-King, Shane Blackett, Danny Talbot, Adam Watkins, Charlie Henry (Garry Jones), Jamale McKenzie-Lowe (David Lynn), Gary Wharton, Christopher Marsh (c), Subs not used: Kai Gardner, Tony Fontanelle.


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