Slough are back on the championship trail
Kiely (11), Akers (13), Young (80)
Date: Wednesday, April 22nd 1981 | Competition: League | Attendance: TBC
Man Of Match: Dave Russell
Starting Line Up
- Richard Teale
- Dave Yerby
- Vic Akers
- John Beyer
- Eric Young
- Keith White
- Dave Russell
- Pat Morrissey
- Micky Kiely
- Barry Friend
- Johnny Bishop
AFTER two successive defeats, Slough Town firmly re-established their Berger Isthmian League, Premier Division Championship hopes when they completed the double over lowly Walthamstow Avenue at Wexham Park on Wednesday evening.
So the Rebels move back into second spot, a point behind Wycombe Wanderers with a game in hand, and two points clear of third place Enfield. If Laurie Churchill's side can now take maximum points from their two remaining home matches - Carshalton Athletic, tomorrow, and Sutton United on Tuesday - the championship could be decided when they travel to Sutton for their final match on Thursday, May 7.
Although once again the Rebels failed to produce their best form, at this stage of the title race three points is good enough and the Slough camp must be delighted to be back on the winning trail.
Slough dominated the early encounters and seemed much more relaxed than in their last two previous league matches. And within 11 minutes they went ahead with a superb goal. Barry Friend broke on the right and a fine run of about 50 yards ended with a low cross into the penalty area which Micky Kiely met to crash home his 29th goal this season.
Two minutes later the Rebels went further ahead thanks to the help of Walthamstow goalkeeper Allan Jarrett, who looked extremely shaky throughout. A high hopeful ball into the penalty area by John Beyer seemed to be well covered by Jarrett, but he failed to collect, and after Kiely had back headed it on Vic Akers, who had a fine match, ran through to head past the goalkeeper for a bizarre goal.
It now seemed likely that the Rebels would run up a substantial lead, but after the break they allowed Walthamstow back into the match and for a 20 minute spell looked extremely shaky and disorganised, as twice the impressive John Harrison came close to scoring. But having weathered this storm and with Dave Russell particularly impressive on the right flank, where Slough were at their most dangerous, the Rebels gradually took control again.
Johnny Bishop missed a great chance from close range, Barry Friend hit the post and Keith White also went close. Finally with 10 minutes left Eric Young netted the third goal to give Slough another £40 win bonus. Pat Morrissey hit a free kick from just outside the penalty area on the right touchline and after Jarrett had tipped it across his goal, Young calmly chipped the ball into the opposite corner of the net from the far post.
In the closing minutes, Morrissey, back to his best in the midfield, came close to scoring a fourth goal, as Slough finished worthy winners and picked up three priceless points in their title bid and a big boost for their Hitachi Cup final match with Walthamstow on May 4.