SLOUGH Town completed a hat-trick of away wins in the National League South after a 2-1 victory at Welling United on Saturday.

The Rebels have been impressive on the road in recent weeks and are now unbeaten in their last four trips outside of Arbour Park.

Slough reverted to a 4-4-2 formation and the returning Daniel Roberts – who came into the side after the late withdrawal of Max Worsfold - was the main beneficiary as his brace secured all three points at Park View Road.

The visitors should have been awarded a penalty kick inside the first 15 minutes as Ben Harris was tripped inside the box, but the match referee only gave a goal kick.

Slough broke the deadlock when Welling failed to deal with a corner into the box and the ball was inadvertently flicked towards goal by a defender with Roberts perfectly placed to power in a header from close range on 27 minutes.

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Welling had claims for a penalty turned down as a pass was played into the box and a bobble saw the ball hit the arm of Ryan Bird. The referee adjudged the incident to be ball-to-hand and not a foul.

The home team equalised in fortunate circumstances five minutes before the half-time whistle. A speculative 30-yard shot from Cameron James took an unexpected bounce and deceived Slough keeper Jack Turner who was unable to prevent a goal.

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PHOTO: Rebels keeper Jack Turner was deceived by an unexpected bounce for the Welling equaliser on Saturday.

Welling had a second appeal for a spot-kick turned down at the start to the second half and the Rebels came closer to scoring via Sam Togwell on the hour mark.

The Rebels suffered a blow when Ben Harris was forced off through injury, but their luck changed with the award of a penalty in the 75th minute. Roberts and a defender raced for a ball into the box with the Welling man punching it away, but it was spotted by the referee who pointed to the spot.

Roberts took the resulting spot-kick and his right foot effort was just outside of the reach of keeper Daniel Wilks. It is his ninth goal of the season.

There was one final heart-in-the-mouth moment for Slough in time added on as a Welling player went to ground inside the box but the match referee waved play on.

The win means Slough have moved up one place to second position in the league table and seven points behind leaders Wealdstone ahead of a mouth-watering clash with third-placed Havant & Waterlooville at Arbour Park this Saturday (3pm). It will be the first meeting between the two promotion-chasing teams this season.