Friend sparks Town rally
Date: Tuesday, March 20th 1979 | Competition: League | Attendance: TBC
Man Of Match: Barry Friend
Starting Line Up
- Richard Teale
- Tim Turl
- Roger Mackay
- Ian Cooke
- Richard Strong
- John Beyer
- Dave Russell
- Alan Gane
- Micky Kiely
- Barry Friend
- Barry Metcalfe
SLOUGH Town, inspired by the lively runs of Barry Friend, fought back from 1-0 down to dominate Tuesday's Isthmian League encounter and only bad finishing prevented them winning.
One point out of a possible three did little to help Slough's title ambitions, but they had the consolation that Barking, who had replaced them as leaders, were slammed 6-2 at Hitchin. Friend, having defied a heavy cold to play, made some exciting breaks from deep on the left, but Dave Russell was disappointing on the right.
Perhaps a strained groin was responsible for Russell's lack of work rate and effectiveness. Centre-back Richard Strong was also below his best and his mistake in the 11th minute led to Leatherhead taking the lead. Strong failed to get the ball away following a free-kick by Chris Kelly and Steve Camp slammed it home.
Apart from a great hook shot by Kelly that flashed over the bar, Leatherhead had little else to offer and Slough roared back to equalise in the 25th minute. Goalkeeper Swannell could only push out a right-wing corner by Friend, and Tim Turl drove the ball past three defenders into the net.
Russell saw a lot of the ball in the second-half, but headed straight into Swannell's arms from point-blank range and twice lost possession. He was then too slow to stop Eaton breaking down the left and the ex-Slough full-back got over a menacing low cross, which Teale bravely knocked away from the advancing Camp.
Slough fared better when they attacked down the left flank and from one of Friend's many crosses Swannell just managed to prevent Kiely prodding the ball home. With the minutes ticking away, Beyer made a dramatic surge down the left and found Metcalfe, but the striker lifted the ball yards over the Leatherhead bar.
Leatherhead then made a late flourish, but it brought only a booking for Camp, when he tried to barge Teale and the ball over the line in the 88th minute, and similar treatment for Kelly after he had knocked Kiely sprawling a minute later. Billy Miller, the Leatherhead manager, called both bookings "amazing".