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Coles condemns Stratford Town to another home defeat

Edwin Ahenkorah battles for possession against Slough on Saturday. Photo: Steve Wood
Edwin Ahenkorah battles for possession against Slough on Saturday. Photo: Steve Wood

SLOUGH enhanced their promotion credentials as Stratford Town slumped to their fifth successive home defeat at the MoodChimp Stadium on Saturday, writes Bryan Hale.

Perry Coles' 35th-minute goal decided a closely-fought game which seldom reached any great levels of excitement for either set of fans.

With Will Grocott away and Ben Stephens under the weather, it was a much changed Stratford side.

There was a welcome return Andy Gallinagh after missing the previous five games, while also back in the starting line-up after being on the substitutes' bench for the King's Lynn match were Edwin Ahenkorah, Eli Bako, Liam Francis and Jazz Luckie.

Stratford were first to threaten in the fifth minute with Justin Marsden hitting a low drive from 25 yards which was straight at Slough keeper Jack Turner.

The game then developed into a midfield stalemate until the Rebels had their first goal attempt on 33 minutes when James Dobson’s shot from Matt Lench’s cross was deflected behind off Francis.

And two minutes later they took the lead. George Wells drilled in a low cross from the left which was turned in by Coles from close range.

Manny Williams went close for Slough in the opening minute of the second half while at the other end Bako had a well-struck right footer shovelled round the post by Turner.

The Rebels then squandered a great chance to go 2-0 up on the hour mark when Scott Davies fired wastefully over after being played in by Warren Harris.

Soon after, skipper Mark Nisbet wasn’t far away with a header from a Lench free-kick, and from then on Slough were in control with Lench bossing midfield as they ultimately saw the game out in relative comfort.

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