Mixed fortunes for Slough

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Mixed fortunes for Slough

It was a weekend of mixed fortunes for Slough: the women moved within one point of their fourth Premier championship title, while the men look odds-on favourites for the drop to the Second Division of the National League.

The women destroyed last year's champions, Leicester, with a fine 4- 1 win on Saturday, and they followed that with a 8-2 win at Chelmsford yesterday.

But the men are now firmly rooted at the bottom, having been beaten 4- 0 by Reading, who on Saturday exited the cup when they were beaten 5-3 at Cannock in extra time.

At the top of the men's National League, Teddington are three points clear of Guildford with a game in hand. They followed up their 6-2 win against Hull on Saturday with a 2-2 draw with Stourport yesterday. Guildford, who beat Hounslow on Saturday, came back after going two goals down to win an exciting game at Southgate 4-3.

Hounslow collected full points thanks to an outstanding run by the young England midfield player, Guy Fordham, who covered a good 40 yards to claim a last-second winner in a tough 3-2 win against Old Loughtonians.

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