Slough battled their way to a deserved,
yet rather unspectacular victory over the Division's bottom side.
visitors had the better of the opening half-hour and could have
taken the lead after only
minutes. Rebels defender Adrian Browne (pictured right) was judged
to have fouled in the area and so gave away a penalty, but
goalkeeper Richard Barnard managed to keep the spot kick out, diving
low to his left. Barnard even made it an impressive double save as
he managed to tip the rebound onto the post.
With Newport getting more threatening
and with Slough struggling to cope, the visitors can count
themselves very unlucky not to take the lead after 20 minutes, when
they had a certain goal cleared off the line by their own player,
and then the rebound headed off the line by Rebels skipper Steve
When Slough did get into gear,
schoolboy errors put paid to any fast-flowing
football being played, with stray passes going straight to the
opposition or straight off the pitch.
Having said that, debutant Landy
Sakala looked quite threatening up front during the first half, with
Danny Jefferies also causing the defence problems. The latter missed
a golden opportunity midway through the half when, after beating two
defenders, he managed to hit the ball over the crossbar when
one-on-one with the 'keeper.
Jefferies went off injured not long
afterwards, and was replaced by Dean Harper, which meant little
threat up front as Sakala, clearly not match-fit, couldn't do it all
on his own.
By this stage Slough had taken
control of the game, and their dominance was rewarded just
before half-time as Landy Sakala headed in from a corner to sent the
Rebels into the break with a barely deserved lead.
Slough came out for the second half
with renewed confidence, and all of a sudden started playing like a
team, with Landy Sakala, Tom Attrell and substitute Stanley Mugisha
impressive up front.
sides had good chances, with Sakala, set up by Lee Charles following
a cross, managed to miss the target from inside the penalty area.
Poor defending meant Rebels 'keeper Richard Barnard (pictured left)
was caught one-on-one with an opposition forward away from goal on
more than one occasion, who must also be thankful for some woeful
finishing from the visitors.
The win was made safe with ten
minutes remaining as Landy Sakala danced through Newport defenders,
unselfishly laid the ball nicely for Lee Charles for a simple tap in
from 5 yards.
With the game won, Slough took it
easy from then on with the introduction of Nick Roddis for Lee
This was definitely a case of job
done for Slough who, despite the scoreline, looked far from
impressive against a side who have conceded on average nearly 4
goals a game this season. You can't help but think that Slough must
improve if they are to get anything from Tuesday's big local derby
at high-flying Burnham.