Disappointment for sad Slough
Date: Saturday, March 22nd 1980 | Competition: League | Attendance: TBC
Man Of Match: Eric Young
Starting Line Up
- Richard Teale
- Alan Gane
- Vic Akers
- Terry Reardon
- Eric Young
- John Beyer
- Dave Russell
- Micky Kiely
- Peter Feely
- Barry Friend
- Charlie Marks
IT was a disappointing day all round, except of course for Walthamstow when the final whistle sounded at the end of an undistinguished match which included so many lofted clearances that they might well have been visible from Slough High Street.
The Rebels will be disappointed as a team because they had so much of the play that they have only themselves to blame. Richard Teale in particular will be annoyed for although he looked at all times the safer goalkeeper of the two it was his bad luck that the vital goal crept past him when he was wrong footed.
Enfield, Dulwich and Sutton will be disappointed because through this fortunate victory the Avenue have reinforced their claim of the Isthmian League title which on this performance they just do not deserve.
Walthamstow dictated the early stages so completely that Slough had difficulty crossing the halfway line but in due course it was the home team which began to exert the greater authority and a cross from Barry Friend was headed wide by Charlie Marks.
Coe in the Avenue goal seemed in all sorts of trouble when under pressure but somehow Slough, whose lack of finishing power is reflected in the fact that they have scored only 37 league goals this season, could not take advantage and half-time arrived with the match still goalless.
With the breeze behind them in the second half, it was Slough who took the game to Walthamstow but things did not run their way an early indication being when on the hour Eric Young powerfully headed towards the goal and with Coe utterly beaten the ball hit the bar with tremendous force.
Ten minutes later Dave Crown, whom Ipswich are eagerly seeking, broke clear for the visitors and Richard Teale saved at his feet. Micky Kiely, cutting in from the left, hit a powerful shot into the side netting while John Beyer, determinedly running in from the other wing, saw his low centre cleared with difficulty.
The winning goal came in the 77th minute and was typical of Slough's bad luck. Charlie Marks barged Dave Crown off the ball outside the penalty area and as the ball was cleared it ran to Kevin Nolan, the Avenue substitute. With Teale committed to cover a hard shot, the ball bounced off Nolan's shin and rolled untidily past the wrong footed keeper.
Slough fought back strongly and almost got the point they deserved in the last minute when Friend appeared to shoot past Coe only to see the goalkeeper hold the ball at the second attempt the ball being so close to the line that some swore it was over.