Slough Town 4, Cinderford Town 1
Gavin James netted in either half as Slough Town comfortably saw off bottom club Cinderford Town at Arbour Park.
The Rebels were generally in control of proceedings, but new keeper Shaun Rowley distinguished himself with a second half penalty save and several other good stops to prevent Cinderford from getting back into the match.
Slough, who are third in the Premier Division table and are just eight points behind leaders Chippenham Town, took the lead when Warren Harris bullied two Cinderford defenders to head home Paul Stonehouse’s cross in the 23rd minute. A second followed just before half-time when James beat the offside trap, rounded the keeper and slotted home.
James Dobson swung in a wonderful cross for Chris Flood to put the result beyond doubt with a bullet header early in the second half before Rowley was beaten from the spot by Jarrad Welch in the 65th minute. Rowley won the second battle of minds to keep out Welch’s second penalty four minutes later and James spun on a six-pence anf finished well from Flood’s knock down to make it 4-1 in the 71st minute. James might have had a hat-trick when his shot cannoned back off the bar late on but Neil Baker and Jon Underwood’s men were more than deserving winners.
The Rebels visit Frome Town on Saturday.
Marlow 0, Histon 2
Marlow’s hopes of finishing in the play-off spots suffered a set-back as they were beaten 2-0 at home by relegation threatened Histon.
Histon, who look certain for the drop, took the lead through Max York in the 21st minute and Jake Chambers-Shaw completed the job for the Central Division strugglers in the 57th minute when he netted from the spot.
The result bumps Marlow down to fifth in the table, just three points above play-off rivals Egham Town and Kempston Rovers with the season now firmly into its business end.
Marlow visit Fleet Town on Saturday.
Westfield 2, Windsor 1
Windsor’s hopes of victory looked bright when Barry Dunbar fired them in front at Westfield this afternoon, but two second half strikes saw the home side take the points.
Dunbar put Mick Woodham’s men 1-0 up after 24 minutes but Marklew levelled things up in the 71st minute and Blackmore completed the turnaround three minutes from the end.
Windsor go to Epsom & Ewell in the semi-final Premier Challenge Cup on Tuesday.
Oxford City Nomads 0, Flackwell Heath 3
Flackwell Heath put the disappointment of Tuesday’s League Cup semi-final exit firmly behind them with a 3-0 win at Oxford City Nomads.
Chances came for the visitors but weren’t taken in the first half and Paul Shone’s men had to wait until the 60th minute to get their noses in front when Jamie Essex flicked home Dan Bayliss’ cross.
England Schoolboy Bayliss got his name on the scoresheet in the 70th minute, turning home the loose ball after Tom Willment’s effort was blocked and Joe Gritt netted the third with a cracking strike just a minute after coming onto the field as a substitute.
Flackwell Heath host Tuffley Rovers on Saturday.
Burnham 2, Thame United 3
Burnham raced into a two-goal lead against Thame United at The Gore this afternoon before being reeled in and overtaken by the title hopefuls.
The Blues, bottom of the table and a point behind Henley Town, scored twice in the first half to rock Thame back on their heels but the promotion hopefuls got themselves back in contention through West’s strike in the 36th minute before Johnston and Goss completed a second half comeback for the visitors who lead the Hellenic Premier Division table from Bracknell Town.
The result leaves joint managers Mark Betts and Jon Palmer with plenty of work to do to save the club from a third straight relegation.
Burnham are next in action at home to Royal Wootton Bassett on Saturday.
Holyport 1, Woodley United 3
Holyport failed to take the chances which came their way as they were beaten 3-1 by Woodley United at Summerleaze.
Port netted a second half consolation but Woodley scored twice in the first half to set up a reasonably convincing win for the side sitting second in the Division 1 East Table.
Second bottom Holyport host Headington Amateurs on Saturday.
Hartlepool 0, Wycombe Wanderers 2
Wycombe boosted their hopes of promotion through the play-offs with a 2-0 win at Hartlepool.
The Chairboys took the lead through Adebayo Akinfenwa’s first half finish, his 17th of what’s been a prolific season for ‘The Beast’.
Paris Cowan-Hall netted the visitors second in the 90th minute but joy quickly turned to despair for the goalscorer who was then sent off following an altercation with Hartlepool player Woods. The win moves Wycombe to 10th in the table, three points behind seventh placed Exeter City.
Wycombe next entertain Notts County at Adams Park on Saturday.
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