LAURA Bailey bagged a brace as Slough defeated Trojans 2-1 in the Investec Women's League Division One South at Upton Court Park on Sunday, writes Dave Wright.

And she believes things are "definitely looking up" for the Pink 'n' Blacks with their second successive win lifting them to fourth place in the standings.

Slough had slammed Sevenoaks 5-3 a week earlier and Bailey admitted after the game: "It wasn't great. We played better better last week.

"We didn't make it easy for ourselves and we had to hang on a bit, we should have scored more goals and given ourselves a good cushion."

She added: "We didn't have a good pre-season, but our season really started last week (against Sevenoaks) and now we've got to push on and build each week.

"Things are definitely looking up. It's now all about the team coming together and gelling.

"The more we play together, hopefully we will produce better performances."

Although it needed a timely challenge by Kat McGonigle to deny Trojans a goal, Slough were on the front foot for much of the time before Bailey forced the ball over the line from close range in the 26th minute following a penalty corner.

But they were ahead for only five minutes when former Slough forward Amy Sheehan equalised with a superb reverse-stick shot which flew past keeper Asha Tranquille-Day.

Former teammate Bailey commented: "Amy was always going to come back and put in a great performance, it was a good goal from her."

It took Bailey just 51 seconds of the second half to restore her side's lead, being left with a tap-in after the Trojans goalie, Angharad Jenkins, had been drawn off her line by a Slough attack down their right flank.

Kali Takher's side return to league action against Isca at University of Exeter on November 9.

Unbeaten Slough 2nds defeated Wallingford 3-1 to stay two points clear in the Trysports Three Counties League Premier Division One.

Slough men, fielding a mixture of youngsters and experienced players, lost 4-1 at Bournemouth in the MBBO Premier Division Two West, their consolation goal coming from Chris Marrow. They host Tulse Hill & Dulwich at Upton Court Park this Saturday.