In what was a brilliant performance by the Rebels, many were surprised to see such an energetic display only two days after their previous fixture against Grimsby Town, with Slough quick out of the traps early in the first half.
After a generally cagey first 15 minutes, where both sides appeared to be feeling each other out, the Rebels began to dominate possession with an intense press seeing the White Tigers having little time on the ball, leading them to hand over possession far too easily.
This tactic was rewarded only 20 minutes in, when pressure applied by Nathan Minhas resulted in Truro keeper, James Pardington sweeping out from the edge of his box, with his poor clearance landing at the feet of David Ogbonna. Ogbonna, who still had a lot to do, was composed in his finish, as he calmly placed his strike into the bottom right of the Truro goal from distance, with the ball rolling over the line just before any Truro defenders could get a boot to it.
This opening strike from Ogbonna - his first for the club - seemed to settle Slough, who continued to dominate possession. At the 27th minute mark, a good passing move from the Rebels found the feet of striker, Mickel Platt in the centre of the 18-yard-box. With a lot still to do, Platt rolled his man expertly and lashed a strike into the bottom left corner, leaving Pardington frozen to the spot.
Just under 10 minutes later, Pardington found himself picking the ball out of his net for a third time, after a darting run from winger Dom Hutchinson resulted in a powerful driven cross from the right wing squirming through his hands and into the back of the net, much to the pleasure of the Rebels fans.
Only three minutes later, Hutchinson found himself facing down Pardington for a second time, with the ball falling at his feet from a cross, but an unbelievable reflex save denied the Rebels a fourth goal of the evening.
Truro started the second half with a little more purpose, substitute Yeboah forcing Rohan Luthra to tip his strike over the bar.
The second half was much the same as the first, with Slough dominating possession and looking under little threat of conceding, thanks in part to an excellent defensive display.
In the latter stages of the game, the Rebels won a corner in the 75th minute. Munashe Sundire’s whipped delivery caused all sorts of mix ups in the box, with Jeanmal Prosper reacting quickest, turning the ball past Pardington to claim his first goal for the club.
Only five minutes later, the Rebels could have had their fifth goal of the evening. Substitute George Alexander had already been denied by Pardington before Josh Jackman was unfortunate to see his close-range effort bounce back off the crossbar, after brilliant wing play from Hutchinson left Jackman with the entire goal to aim at but from a tight angle, and the defender was unable to keep his shot down.
There was no chance of even a consolation goal for Truro, with Ryan Law striking a shot well over the crossbar after Dan Rooney’s attempt was blocked.
A hugely positive display under the Arbour Park lights was just what the Rebels needed, with a valuable three points on the board, with this victory moving Slough back up to 19th position in the table, with two games in hand.
Next up for Slough is a trip away to Welling United this Saturday, with Scott Davies hoping to continue this positive momentum and continue to pick up vital points to improve Slough’s league position.
Slough Town Line Up
- 1 Rohan Luthra
- 2 Josh Jackman
- 5 Dan Bayliss
- 6 Jeanmal Prosper
- 9 Nathan Minhas
- 11 Dominic Hutchinson
- 16 Temi Eweka
- 17 Tyrese Dyce
- 18 Munashe Sundire 12
- 19 Mickel Platt 24
- 23 David Ogbonna 15
Truro City Line up
Pardington, Taylor (Melhado 45), Law, Sanders (Buse 45), Adelsbury, Palmer, Rooney, Dean, Sullivan (Yeboah 45), Greenslade, Neal (c). Unused substitutes: Brett, Porter.