SLOUGH Town are now three matches without a win at Arbour Park after a 2-0 defeat against Hungerford Town on Saturday, writes Rob Stevens.

The Rebels have not tasted success in their own ground since the victory over Dartford back in mid-January and the surprise loss to their Berkshire rivals sees them drop two places to fourth position in the National League South table.

Slough made two changes to the side that won at Dorking Wanderers the previous weekend with both Max Worsfold and Mark Nisbet returning in place of Paul Hodges (suspended) and Ryan Bird (injured).

Hungerford broke the deadlock inside eight minutes when Zidan Akers rounded Rebels keeper Jack Turner and squared the ball for Oliver Artwell to apply the finish.

Slough came close to equalising as the ball flashed off the head of Lee Togwell and behind for a goal kick after a succession of corners on 25 minutes.

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The home side had a couple more opportunities before the half-time whistle as Hungerford keeper Will Henry got down quickly to save a header from Nisbet before Matthew Lench volleyed over the crossbar from the edge of the box.

The Rebels changed their shape during the break with Ben Harris coming on to replace Lee Togwell and joining Daniel Roberts up front.

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PHOTO: Slough Town striker Daniel Roberts (right) races for the ball

Hungerford however doubled the advantage when a header from a corner cannoned back off the crossbar and James Rusby was on hand to nod in the rebound two minutes into the second half.

Slough had chances to reduce the arrears as a shot from Warren Harris was blocked in the goalmouth before the ball sat up for Lench to strike from outside the box but his effort was well over the crossbar, so did a header from George Wells from a Worsfold free-kick.

The visitors could have secured the three points when Turner saved brilliantly from Akers in a one-on-one situation. Akers later flashed a cross-come-shot agonisingly wide.

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The Rebels continued to create chances as Lench drove into the box and forced a low save from Henry before Warren Harris headed over at the back post from the resulting corner.

The closest Slough came to scoring arrived inside the final nine minutes when Roberts headed just wide from a corner.

Lench then struck a good effort from 25-yards but Henry was equal to it down to his right before the keeper saved a scuffed shot from substitute Scott Davies eight minutes into time added on.

Slough now turn their attention to the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup and a quarter final tie against MK Dons at Arbour Park on Tuesday night (7.45pm). The Rebels are the current cup holders and this is the first match in the defence of their crown this season.