07:51PM, Saturday 03 November 2018
Slough Town 1, Concord Rangers 0
It was a strange old afternoon for Slough Town's James Dobson, who scored what proved to be the winner with an early penalty, but failed to finish the game after picking up an injury in the first half.
The Rebels' midfielder had the presence of mind to send Sam Beasant the wrong way from the penalty spot in the fifth minute, after Matty Stevens was crudely bundled over in the area.
But he later tarnished his own afternoon with a needless challenge on Jack Midson close to the far touchline, a foul which led to him picking up a yellow card that his manager Jon Underwood fears could rule him out of next Saturday's FA Cup clash at Sutton United. He also picked up a dead leg leading to his 38th minute substitution for Simon Dunn.
This game won't live long in the memory, but it was a deserved win for Slough Town who played the better, and created the clearer chances, in both halves.
Slough's man of the match Lee Togwell should really have doubled his side's advantage inside 10 minutes but headed off target having been well picked out by the also excellent Josh Jackman.
Concord came into the game off the back of an impressive win over Essex rivals Chelmsford on Tuesday night and their threat stemmed mainly from the right foot of Danny Green. The Rangers midfielder swept in a number of dangerous free kicks and crosses from which the visitors should really have levelled in the first half.
Lee Minshull turned one of his set pieces over the bar at the far post in the 13th minute, while they claim closer still two minutes later when Sam Blackman was left completely unmarked to head against the foot of the post. Again it was Green with the delivery.
But that's about as good as it got for Concord, who were restricted to half chances and pot shots from then on as Slough's defence, again expertly marshalled by Mark Nisbet and Sam Togwell, gained the upper hand.
The Rebels could easily have doubled their advantage before half-time. Chris Flood swept wide after a surging run forward by Scott Davies, while Nisbet will wonder how he didn't score with a close range drive that was hacked off the line with Beasant a bystander. The last action of the half saw Minshull head wide under pressure, but Slough deservedly led at the break and that lead wasn't put under too much threat in the second half.
Instead, it looked like Slough would score another with Stevens sending a diving header just wide after reading Nisbet's flick on from Davies' corner in the 48th minute.
Lee Togwell also went close with a couple of strikes from the edge of the box, his first comfortably saved by Beasant and the second dragged just wide. He also very nearly scooped home a rebound from close range after Beasant had saved well from Stevens, who turned his marker brilliantly in the box to get a shot away.
Concord substitute Aron Pollock headed a presentable chance wide in the 82nd minute but Warren Harris could have wrapped things up for Slough when he wriggled free to go clear on goal in second half stoppage time.
His low effort was saved by the legs of Beasant, but Slough had done enough to bag themselves another precious three points after going three league games without victory.
It also sets them up nicely for next weekend's FA Cup first round clash at National League Sutton United. It's not the tie they wanted but who'd bet against them getting the better of higher level opposition once again - just as they did last year at Gainsborough Trinity.
Slough Town: Turner, Fraser, Jackman, Togwell, Nisbet, Togwell, Dobson (Dunn 38'), Davies, Flood (Harris 69'), Stevens (Hollis 86'), Harris.
Selected other results:
Dover Athletic 2, Maidenhead United 0
Marlow 4, Chipstead 0
Chicester City 0, Windsor 2
Flackwell Heath 4, Reading City 1
Reading 3, Bristol City 2
Wycombe Wanderers 1, Peterborough 0
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