Slough Town v Eastbourne Borough, National South, Arbour Park, Slough, Monday 22nd April - Kick-Off 15h00
This preview was written prior to Saturday's results. While updating the statistics, the copy remains unchanged primarily to highlight Eastbourne Borough's fantastic performance in easing their relegation fears with a magnificent six goal home victory against a play-off challenger aided by a hat-trick from leading scorer Charlie Walker. They certainly needed a 'result' and they definitely achieved this objective.
When Rebels visited the south coast in mid-September for their first ever game against the Sports, Eastbourne Borough were lying in 4th position in the league table having accumulated 16 points from their opening nine games. Slough Town won the match 2 - 4, despite seeing Mark Nisbet sent off, thanks to a Matty Stevens hat-trick and a James Dobson penalty.
Now, Eastbourne Borough find themselves struggling for survival in the league, having gone 14 matches without a victory, drawing 5 and losing nine. They last won on 5th January when they beat Dulwich Hamlet at home. On their travels they have lost six and drawn just once in the last seven outings, failing to score in six of these games. After their defeat at Billericay Town they asked Mark McGhee, the ex. Wolves manager who now lives in Brighton, to take over the reigns until the end of the season. Since his appointment they have still failed to win, picking up just three points from a possible 24. . Preview updated by prologue above.
Their full league results being
P40: Home W6 D6 L8 GF32 GA32: Away W4 D5 L11 GF18 GA30 - Points 41 - Position 17th
Home: W 1 - 0 Welling United; D 2 - 2 Truro City; W 2 - 1 Chippenham Town; L 1 - 2 Woking; L 2 - 4 Slough Town; L 2 - 4 Torquay United; W 3 - 0 Hemel Hempstead Town; D 2 - 2 Hampton & Richmond Borough; W 3 - 1 Hungerford Town; L 0 - 2 Billericay Town; L 1 - 2 St. Albans City; W 2 - 1 Dulwich Hamlet; D 1 - 1 Weston-s-Mare; L 0 -2 East Thurrock United; D 2 - 2 Oxford City; L 0 -3 Wealdstone; D 1 - 1 Chelmsford City; D 0 - 0 Bath City; L 1 - 2 Gloucester City: W 6 - 0 Dartford
Away: D 0 - 0 Oxford City; W 0 - 1 East Thurrock United; D 1 - 1 St. Albans City; W 0 - 1 Weston-s-Mare; D 2 - 2 Dartford; D 2 - 2 Gloucester City; L 3 - 2 Chelmsford City; L 3 - 0 Concord Rangers; L 1 - 0 Bath City; W 0 - 3 Wealdstone; L 2 - 1 Dulwich Hamlet; L 2 - 0 Woking; W 2 - 3 Chippenham Town; L 1 - 0 Welling United; L 2 - 0 Truro City; L 2 - 0 Billericay Town; D 0 - 0 Hampton & Richmond Borough; L 2 - 0 Hungerford Town; L 3 - 2 Hemel Hempstead Town; L 2 - 0 Torquay United
Their leading goal scorers are Charles Walker - 11 goals and Dean cox - 7 goals
Recent match highlights:
Dartford (H): 4m10s highlights link: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3615172 courtesy Graham Austin & Oscar Peskett
Torquay United (A): 3m17s highlights link: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3615169 courtesy Jon Cook and Craig Bryant
Gloucester City (H): 2m54s highlights link: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3615150 courtesy Graham Austin & Oscar Peskett
Hemel Hempstead Town (A): 2m54s highlights link: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3615145 courtesy Marshall Thomas
Slough Town also played Eastbourne Borough at Priory Lane in the 4th Qualifying Round of this season's F.A. Cup, winning the tie 1 - 2 with Ben Harris and James Dobson the scorers. In the earlier rounds Eastbourne Borough beat Brantham Athletic (level 9) 0 - 1, away in the 2nd Round Qualifying; then Dulwich Hamlet 4 - 3 at home, prior to their defeat against the Rebels.
In the F.A. Trophy Sports beat Dartford 2 - 3 , away, in the 3rd Qualifying Round, before losing their 1st Round Proper tie 0 - 4 at home against Dorchester Town (level 7).
Bookies Odds: Slough Town Win 9/13; the Draw 13/4; Eastbourne Borough Win 15/4
Prediction: Another win for Rebels could keep their play-off dreams alive
Slough Town 1 - 0 Eastbourne Borough