A tight game looked on the cards from the outset as top-of-the-league Slough travelled to fourth-placed Dunstable, and so it proved. Joint manager Jon Underwood said after the match “ugly game, beautiful result” which perhaps reflects the fact his side had to grind out a positive result in match low on clear chances.
Warren Harris burst down the right wing early on, but his cross was deflected through to goalkeeper Jack Smith.
Dunstable were in a poor run of form, having lost their previous three league games, but this was not evident from their performance, and Jack Hutchinson caused Slough problems with a corner which flashed across goal and wide. Shortly after, Hutchinson curled a shot over the bar after an initial shot hit the post.
Slough threatened from outside the box on a couple of occasions – James Dobson’s free kick was touched over by James and Warren Harris put a 25-yard strike wide.
The Rebels felt they were getting closer to a goal when Dobson’s deep cross into the box beat Smith, but went behind for a goal kick without getting a telling touch. However Slough’s hopes took a blow when the unlucky Lewis Putman was forced off with a pulled hamstring. Putman was replaced by Nathan Smart as the Rebels reshuffled.
Dobson caused Smith another problem, forcing the keeper to tip another free kick away from under the crossbar at his near post, and both sides will feel they had chances to go ahead before the break, with a dangerous Dunstable cross producing a fantastic defensive clearance from Smart, whilst Guy Hollis headed wide from a corner.
Dunstable won an early free kick as the second half got underway, but Danny Talbot’s effort was easily collected by Mark Scott. The Slough stopper reacted quickly to get the ball down field, and Dobson’s low cross from out wide on the left was hit first time by Simon Dunn, the ball finding the back of the net as Smith failed to get enough on the ball to keep it out.
The home side were under some pressure but showed character to get back on the offensive, without troubling Slough unduly.
As time started to run out for Dunstable, Andrew Phillips headed wide from a Zack Reynolds cross and substitute Alex Cathline’s fine header from a corner almost brought an equaliser, but Slough stood firm. Charlie Moone headed into the side netting as Slough tried to seal the game on the counter-attack, but in the final few minutes the Rebels were satisfied to keep the ball in the corners to run the clock down.
Josh Jackman headed a dangerous cross behind for a corner deep into stoppage time as the home side had one final chance to end Slough’s fine winning sequence, but it was not to be as the ball was headed over.
Dunstable Town Line up
Jack Smith, Zack Reynolds (c), Gedeon Okita, Danny Talbot, John Sonuga, Jordan Odofin, Andrew Phillips, Danny Green (Fabian Brown), Kelvin Bossman (Alex Cathline), David Longe- King (Adam Moussi), Jack Hutchinson. Unused substitute: Jamie Head.