FOOTBALL: Conor Marshall made a welcome return to action but was unable to help King’s Lynn Town avoid slipping to a 3-0 Southern League defeat at Slough Town on Saturday.

Play-off chasing Slough gained revenge for Lynn’s 5-2 victory earlier in the season and made a lightning start, going ahead after just seven minutes when James Dobson swung in a free-kick and Chris Flood nodded the ball past Alex Street.

Midfielder Marshall started the match following his lengthy spell on the sidelines after a knee injury but it was Toby Hilliard who had Lynn’s first chance.

But he could only drag his effort from outside the box wide of the target.

The Rebels doubled their lead after 25 minutes with Dobson again the supplier.

His hanging cross from the left was neatly volleyed back across the box for Simon Dunn to slot past Street.

Street was on hand just minutes later to pull off a superb point blank save to deny Flood.

The Linnets produced their best chance of the half just moment before the half-time interval.

A slick passing move involving Kegan Everington and Jacek Zielonka ended with Zielonka pulling the ball across the face of goal just inches away from the on-rushing Ryan Harnwell who again impressed in just his second senior start.

Lynn’s hopes of rescuing anything from the game were crushed inside the opening minutes of the second half.

Simon Dunn slotted a pass through to Liam Enver-Marum and he coolly rounded Street and slotted the ball into the unguarded net.