SLOUGH Town have returned to winning form in the Southern Premier Division this season after a 4-0 victory against Redditch United on Tuesday.

The Rebels suffered a first defeat in 10 matches in all competitions on Saturday but bounced back to form with a comfortable win at Arbour Park.

A goal from Ben Harris gave the home side the lead inside eight minutes and James Dobson doubled the advantage midway through the first half.

Warren Harris made it three with his fifth goal of the season on 50 minutes before Redditch defender James Mutton scored an own goal five minutes from time.

The win moves Slough up to fifth position in the league table and back into the play-off places, still with three matches in hand on all the sides above them.

Slough joint-manager Neil Baker told the Observer: “It was a very good performance from the boys, from the first minute to the last.

“We put a rocket up them during the team-talk. It’s not something we normally do, we’re normally very positive, but we let them know a few home truths because we’ve not been happy with our performances for a while.

“We’ve been getting results but not playing as well as we know we can.

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PHOTO: James Dobson (amber) fires in the second goal in the 4-0 win at Arbour Park on Tuesday.

“It’s the same group of players that have been doing it all season and we asked a few to step up.

“There were a few rollickings giving out and it could go one of two ways. We hoped that the players would respond, or they could have gone into their shells, but they responded well and the players that started put in a very solid performance.

“We could have won by seven, eight or nine goals. That’s not an unfair reflection and it’s what we needed.

“We had a poor 45 minutes at Tiverton where defensively we were really poor. We told the lads and it was the back four that played the second half at Tiverton.

“We said every single one of them could be out of the side on Tuesday, but we would give them another opportunity to do the right things and keep a clean sheet, and they’ve done that.

“From the first minute we looked fully in control and dangerous.

“I was delighted with Gavin James. He came on a had a brilliant 70 minutes of football and that’s what we know he can do.

“He has had injuries and it hasn’t quite happened for him for a while, but hopefully this is now a yardstick for him and he can say my season starts here.”

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PHOTO: Warren Harris celebrates after putting Slough three goals ahead in the victory against Redditch United.

He continued: “We’re not going to get carried away but it puts us back into the play-offs and we’ve got lots of games in hand, but we’ve just got to look after ourselves.

“One good performance does not make everything right for some of the performances we’ve had recently.

“It’s knit-picking because we know we have a good side, but Jon Underwood and I have been really frustrated, and that’s why we decided to change tact with the team-talk.

“We are normally ultra-positive but came in with a little negative start and the players responded well, and they should do because they are good players.”

The Rebels welcome ninth-placed Banbury United to Arbour Park this Saturday (3pm), before a trip to Biggleswade United on Tuesday (7.45pm).

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