The Dorset side had looked set to take away a hard-earned point after resisting heavy pressure from the Rebels in the second half, but were denied late on as Slough maintained their record of having won every league match at Arbour Park since making it their new home, and in doing so made it 10 wins from the last 12 league games.
The game proved to be a scrappy one, but Slough stuck to their task and ground out the result after falling behind early on.
After a largely uneventful opening ten minutes in which both sides had unsuccessfully tried efforts from distance, Dorchester took the lead. Neat play around the penalty area led to Neil Martin getting to the by-line, and he found big target man Nathan Walker with a low cross which was tucked home with aplomb from close range.
It took Slough time to react to this early blow, but the Rebels started to find success down both flanks. A superb charge from Lewis Putman down the left ended in a very good cross which Warren Harris put wide at the far post.
Just three minutes later though, the mounting pressure told as Slough levelled through Charlie Moone. Dorchester failed to fully clear the danger from a free kick, allowing the ball to be headed back in to the penalty area, where Moone had time to take a touch and fire past Shaun Murphy on his left foot.
This was the catalyst for Slough to step up a gear. Putman’s cross was cleared by Ben Wood only to Moone, who was denied by a point-blank save from Murphy. Slough continued to look dangerous with James Dobson and Warren Harris on the ball and looking to get it into the box.
Jake Smeeton fired well off target from range and another effort went over after a clearance from Mark Scott was charged down, but half time arrived with the scores level.
David Jerrard was narrowly off target with a 25-yard free kick early in the second half, but the Rebels remained in control. Moone’s attempted lob lacked the height to beat Murphy on 54 minutes, but four minutes later the striker really should have given Slough the lead. However, he could only side foot a pinpoint early Dobson cross wide of the post.
Dorchester’s forays into Slough territory were rare, though Wood could have done better than blaze over the bar when well placed on 66 minutes. Four minutes later, the Magpies countered and Wood again had a sight of goal as he tried to lob Scott, but the keeper caught the ball easily.
The pressure from Slough became more intense but Dorchester soaked it up and looked likely to thwart the Rebels until two minutes from time. Guy Hollis won a free kick around 35 yards from goal, and Slough threw on Dan Hicks in place of Josh Jackman to add attacking threat for the set-piece. Dobson’s cross was punched away by Murphy, but only to the edge of the box, where Hollis took a touch and fired the ball low through a crowd of bodies and into the net.
Dorchester Town Line up
Shaun Murphy, Mark Jermyn (Dory Yates 45), Jake Smeeton (c), Neil Martin, Matt Oldring, Chris Dillon, Joe Lea, David Jerrard (Billy Mitchell 65), Nathan Walker, Ben Wood, Tom Blair. Substitutes not used: Jordan Mullis, Nick Crittenden, Mario Mateus.