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Slough Town move up to second as Lench scores late in win over Braintree

Mohammad Ilyas

Slough Town move up to second as Lench scores late in win over Braintree

Slough Town 1, Braintree 0

Slough Town moved up to second in the National League South table as Matt Lench ensured a dominant performance at Arbour Park was rewarded with three precious points.

The first 10 minutes saw Slough stamp their authority on the match, with a Warren Harris header going just over in the fourth minute, while Harris also failed to make contact from a wicked corner from midfielder Lench in the eighth minute.

The game was all Slough as the home side continuously peppered Braintree’s goal with shots and attempts. Slough were a constant threat from set pieces but the resolute Braintree defence only allowed the Rebels pop shots from range in the first half and the home side were frustrated to go in with the game goalless at the break. 

The second half started in similar vein to the first as Slough piled on the pressure, with striker Ben Harris hitting the post after robbing the ball off a Braintree defender in the 48th minute.

The stubborn Braintree defence refused to be broken as Slough grew increasingly frustrated.

But, with the game going into the final ten minutes after a multitude of close chances for the home side, Lench finally broke the deadlock, turning in after Francis Amartey’s shot was parried by goalkeeper Michael Johnson.

Johnson produced a man of the match display for the visitors, keeping Slough at bay and saving Braintree from being on the end of a cricket score defeat.

The result moves Slough up to second place and leaves Braintree still firmly midtable in tenth.

This victory should give Slough a boost ahead of Wednesday's away game at Havant & Waterlooville. The match provides the Rebels with a chance to extend their lead over the third-place team and solidify their place in the promotion hunt.

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