Two-goal lead disappears
James (8), Kiely (11), O'Sullivan (67)
Kidd (16), Akers o.g. (72), Moore (pen 83)
Date: Saturday, August 16th 1980 | Competition: League | Attendance: TBC
Man Of Match: Eggie James
Starting Line Up
- Richard Teale
- Dave Yerby
- Vic Akers
- John Beyer
- Eric Young
- Micky OSullivan
- Dave Russell
- Keith White
- Micky Kiely
- Barry Friend
- Eggie James
SLOUGH TOWN looked set to win an opening match of the Isthmian League season for the first time on Saturday when they twice led by two goals at Wexham Park.
But then the Rebels almost finished up losers after an own goal and a hotly disputed penalty had put FA Trophy holders Dagenham back on level terms.
The Londoners' Les Cobb missed his kick in front of an open goal in the dying minutes.
Eggie James delighted the home crowd in the eighth minute when he rose superbly above Keith Elley to head a Barrie Friend cross just inside the far post. Slough's other central striker Mick Kiely quickly added the second when he beat Ian Huttley from six yards.
But Dagenham never gave up and Ricky Kidd pulled them back into the game when he bulldozed a Cobb corner past Richard Teale in the 16th minute.
James, who is already proving to be a tremendous signing, almost scored with an overhead kick early in the second half but Huttley just managed to turn the ball round the post.
The tall striker then laid off a John Beyer free kick for skipper Micky O'Sullivan to volley into the far corner of the net in the 67th minute.
That should have decided the result but Dagenham were soon back in with a chance of stealing the points thanks to a terrible mix up between Akers and Eric Young.
The centre back failed to cut out a harmless long ball from Martin Banks and Akers' header drifted over Teale, who had come off his line to collect.
When John Beyer fouled Kidd outside the area in the 83rd minute, the referee harshly awarded a penalty, and Daggers' skipper Dennis Moore scored from the spot.