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The Vanarama National League South

Slough bounce back at Princes Park as unbeaten run continues



McQueen (34), Hill (36)
Slough Town

Slough Town

Roberts (38), Lench (63), B Harris (78)
League Attendance: 1085 Matthew Lench
Slough Town’s incredible run of form continued at Princes Park, as the Rebels made it five consecutive wins and ten games unbeaten in all competitions.

And Neil Baker and Jon Underwood’s side had to do it from two goals behind, after twice being punished for slack defending at set pieces in the first half.

Goals from Dan Roberts, Matt Lench and Ben Harris turned the game on its head and ensured Slough would not only secure their first ever win against the Kent side, but also move up to sixth place in National League South – a position which would have been unthinkable in mid-August after three consecutive defeats to start the season.

Lench hooked a shot goalward from Warren Harris’ cross early on, but it was a comfortable save for Mark Smith.

The same player then rattled the Darts’ crossbar shortly after, following a surging run through midfield.

Dartford took the lead on 34 minutes when Darren McQueen got the vital final touch after Charlie Sheringham had risen to meet a corner kick.

Moments later, hearts were in mouths as Jack Turner committed a foul out in the right back position, and picked up a yellow card. Worse was to come though, as from the resulting free kick, Josh Hill rose highest at the near post to head the ball across goal and in off the far post to give the hosts a two-goal lead.

But just two minutes later, Slough struck back through Roberts. Persistence from Lench meant he was able to feed the in-form striker, who struck the ball firm and true across Smith, with the ball nestling inside the post to cap a lively spell of three goals in just five minutes.

The Rebels were a little unlucky to go into the break behind, but early into the second period, parity was so nearly restored when George Wells unleashed a rocket from 25 yards. However Smith got across his goal to palm the ball wide.

And then, from the resulting corner Warren Harris found space to send a header goalward, but it was kicked off the line.

At the other end, Hill went close to notching his second goal of the game, but his header struck the crossbar.

Slough levelled the scores with a super team goal on 63 minutes. A lightning quick break, led by Lench, found Roberts driving towards goal from the left. The ball bounced kindly to Lench 12 yards out, and he found the bottom corner with an assured finish on his left foot.

There was more to come from the Rebels. Max Worsfold won the ball just inside the Dartford half and proceeded to power his way down the left flank, from where he delivered a cross into the middle of the box. Ben Harris – who had only replaced Roberts minutes before – positioned himself expertly to head the ball down and into the bottom corner from around 12 yards, giving Smith no chance.

It was a lead the Rebels never looked likely to relinquish, and the unbeaten run goes on.

Image: Philip Benton

Dartford Lineup

Mark Smith, Ronnie Vint, Ryan Hayes, Charlie Sheringham, Luke Wanadio, Ben Greenhalgh, Darren McQueen, Alex Flisher, Josh Hill, Cameron Brodie, Rob Howard. Substitutes: Alfie Evans, Tom Bonner, Adam Cunnington, Sam Oduadu, Norman Wabo.


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