Slough move to third with comprehensive win at Dorchester

Dorchester Town

Dorchester Town

Slough Town

Slough Town

Williams (6), Dobson (37, 75), Rose (90+1)
League Attendance: 446 Simon Dunn
Slough Town moved up to third in the league table after an emphatic victory at struggling Dorchester Town.

Joint manager Neil Baker declared himself very pleased with the result.

“It was a great performance, we were solid and pretty much in control for most of the game.

“We started well, and should probably have had a penalty in the first couple of minutes before the goal.

“We were delighted at 2-0 and in the second half we’ve gone out and done the ugly side of things, and got the third goal. We were against the wind and they started to have a bit more possession, but we weathered the storm”.

Slough lined up with James Dobson and Warren Harris on the wings, and after Gavin James sustained a hamstring injury at Cinderford on Tuesday evening, Manny Williams returned to partner his former Basingstoke Town striker partner Chris Flood in attack.

After an early penalty claim by Flood was waved away, Williams gave Slough the perfect start with an expertly-placed looping header over Shane Murphy from Dobson's cross.

Lee Togwell hit a low drive from 20 yards which Murphy saved, and then Williams and Flood put efforts wide of the target.

Dorchester rarely threatened Mark Scott’s goal and when the hosts did mount some pressure, Ollie Bassett was thwarted by a good block.

On 37 minutes, Slough deservedly doubled their lead thanks to a fine individual goal from top scorer Dobson. Receiving the ball on the byline from a long Mark Nisbet pass, he beat his man and then thrashed the ball past Murphy from a tight angle.

Two minutes later, Flood was denied by Murphy as the keeper pushed his effort away and then gathered at the second attempt.

The Rebels had been dominant in the first half and started the second in the same vein, almost adding a third when Mark Nisbet headed a Dobson corner goalwards. Murphy got down to save, and the ball rolled along the line before being poked behind by a defender.

Dobson hit the outside of a post with a whipped free kick shortly after, but the Rebels had to wait until the 75th minute before scoring making it 3-0 and all but guaranteeing three points. Simon Dunn, who alongside Togwell had a fine game in midfield, burst into the Dorchester box, and Dobson ran onto the ball before firing past Murphy again.

The Slough left winger came close to completing a hat-trick, but his attempted lob from out wide on the left dropped wide of goal.

The scoring was complete a minute into stoppage time when Flood was released down the right hand side, and he was able to cross into the middle for Romone Rose – signed this week from Basingstoke Town and a late substitute for Williams – to tap into the net for a debut goal. The forward had earlier been unlucky to see a header clip the top of the bar after Murphy had saved his initial effort.

Dorchester Town Lineup

Shane Murphy, Jason Brookes, Jordan Williams, Jon Vance, Nathan Walker (c), Toby Down, Ollie Bassett, Matt Oldring, Lewis Powell (Ollie Davis), Franklyn Clarke (Ollie Mehew), Tom Blair (Ben Wood). Substitutes not used: David Jerrard, Billy Mitchell.


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