Rebels shoot down Seagulls at Arbour Park

Slough Town

Slough Town

Lench (28), Prosper (50)


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A brilliant performance from a dominant Slough Town extended their unbeaten run at home to 16 games. Goals from Matt Lench and Jeanmal Prosper helped secure an impressive win for Scott Davies’ Rebels, writes Joey Gargini.
Slough began the game in control of the majority of the ball. The first chance of the game was a corner in the 10th minute from Matt Lench, which was curled into the box and found the head of Jeanmal Prosper who directed the ball just right of the post and into the side netting.
Weston-super-Mare came back with a corner of their own in the 17th minute. A short corner was taken on the right side to Robbie Willmott, who pinged the ball onto the head of Kieran Thomas, whose effort hit the bar.
Only three minutes later in the 20th minute, Slough had a long throw-in on the other side of the pitch, which was flicked onto Nathan Minhas, who turned with the ball and shot but it hit the post and was collected by the away side’s goalkeeper, Max Harris.
Slough then deservedly broke the deadlock in the 28th minute. A smart interception from Prosper on the left side of the final third was given to Minhas, who played a delicate ball to Lench and the midfielder scored with a left footed strike, which went in off the inside of the near post.
The Rebels continued their impressive momentum, keeping the ball inside the opponent’s half for the majority of the half. Slough won another corner in the 31st minute, which was whipped in by Lench and a header was expertly saved by Max Harris.
The home side finished the half with confidence, restricting the Seagulls side to little possession and any chance of a goal. This led to Weston-super-Mare using all three substitutions at half time, but they would not go on to have the immediate impact they would have hoped for.

A strong start to the second half for Slough led to a corner in the 49th minute. Lench once again pinged the ball into the box which found a leaping Prosper, who despatched the ball into the net to double to Rebels’ lead.
Weston-super-Mare replied with their own attack in the 61st minute. They regained possession in the middle of the park, then the ball was sent over to Bailey Kempster, who whipped in a cross for Alex Fletcher, who forced a strong save from Dan Lincoln.
In the 65th minute, Slough found themselves attacking down the right side of the Seagulls’ box. A ball was then driven into the feet of Minhas, who back-heeled the ball towards goal but it was collected by Harris.
The game then calmed down over the rest of the half with both sides having a share of the possession. As much as the away side tried to create chances, a strong performance from the Slough defence put to bed any idea of a comeback.
Slough’s final chance of the game came in the 90th minute. After the away side lost the ball to the Rebels defence, it was cleared forward to substitute Slavi Spasov, who outmuscled the Seagulls defender and headed the ball through for Johnny Goddard, creating a one-on-one scenario where he had a shot from just outside the area parried by Harris.
Another home win for Slough extends their unbeaten run at Arbour Park to an impressive 16 games and moves them up to 12th in the league table, four points off the final playoff position. The Rebels’ next game is a trip to Devon, where they face up against playoff hopefuls Torquay United who are in a similar position to Slough, being only two points and two places of the playoffs.

Weston-super-Mare Lineup

Harris, Thomas (Fletcher HT), Araoye, Pope, Bastin (Kempster HT), Jagger Cane, Dodd, Humphries, Willmott, Grubb, Soule (Mannings HT). Unused substitutes: Avery, Jackson.


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