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Slough move into top three with fifth straight win

| League
Att: 1115
Slough Town
S Togwell (27), Lench (45), Roberts (59)
3 - 1
Billericay Town
Alfa (76)
Matthew Lench
Slough stretched their unbeaten National League South run to 10 games, as they beat Billericay Town 3-1 at Arbour Park.

The Rebels now move up to third having dispatched a Billericay side, who coming into this match were unbeaten in their previous nine games.

The match was played out in front of a bumper Non League Day crowd of 1,115, with Slough having offered a number of incentives for local football fans to attend - and the Rebels did not disappoint as they recorded a decisive victory.

Slough looked strong in attack and defensively sound, as goals from Sam Togwell, Matt Lench and Dan Roberts made it a comfortable game.

Straight from kick off, Slough looked the more threatening side; after just two minutes, Warren Harris connected with a Lench free kick, but it just went past the right-hand post, as Billericay looked vulnerable.

Just a minute later the Rebels broke through again with Max Worsfold fooling the right-back to cut in on his right foot and narrowly shooting past the left post this time.

Billericay could have found themselves a goal to the good after eight minutes, if not for the referee, who waved away what seemed an obvious penalty claim.

Play suggested that a goal was coming for the home side, as Lench opened his body and forced a stretching save from Alan Julian to his right, conceding a corner. The resulting corner caused chaos in the box, as a defender cleared to ball off the line from George Wells. The ball was crossed back in by Worsfold and Sam Togwell claimed yet another goal. He was left unmarked at the back post and he punished Billericay’s defence by powering his header off both posts and past Julian.

There were a few chances for Billericay, but Jack Turner found them easy to deal with.

Just before half time, Slough added a second goal. Warren Harris played the ball out wide to Roberts on the left wing and he delivered a low driven ball across the goal, which was met by Man of the Match Lench. He slid in and fired the ball high into the roof of the net to give the Rebels a two-goal advantage at the break.

Slough continued the second half, like they did the first and pressed for another goal. Lench came close to his second with a shot from distance, which again forced a good save from Julian.

The home side went up a gear, with another shot from Josh Jackman deflecting and being saved yet again by the legs of Julian.

Roberts was next on the score sheet after 59 minutes, when a poor clearance from a corner was headed back into the box by Worsfold. The ball fell kindly to Roberts to easily place past the keeper. At 3-0 up, Slough looked comfortable with Billericay struggling to create much.

But then Turner made the save of the match, with a low shot to his left, which he somehow managed to get down to. One-on-one with Jake Robinson, he stood big and came away with the ball, a great display from the Rebels stopper.

A highlight for Billericay was their winger Ody Alfa. He pulled one back for the visitors by scoring a great goal, as he swiftly dribbled past two Slough players on the byline, cut inside and blasted the ball into the top left-hand corner of the goal. Turner had a great game in goal, but even he was left flat footed.

Slough were the better side by far and controlled the game in every area. Billericay began to enjoy swift passing movements towards the tail end of the second half, but with little end product.

Slough will now have a two week wait for their next fixture – a trip to Oxford City – and will want to carry over this great form and increase their unbeaten run.

Image: Philip Benton

Billericay Town Line up

Alan Julian, Benjamin Nunn (Louis Ramsey), Arjanit Krasniqi (Jack Paxman), Ronnie Henry (c), Sam Deering, Moses Emmanuel, Doug Loft (Themis Kefalas), Jake Robinson, Jordan Parkes, Odysseus Alfa, Alfie Potter. Unused substitutes: Acea Laurent, Samuel Egcle.

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