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The National League U19 Alliance

Unlucky Rebels Held To Draw

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Grays Athletic
Hipkin, Seager, Goddard
3 - 3
Slough Town
Morgan, Fussell, Tremaine
Slough were forced to make changes for the return game owing to Fisher assisting Chelsea and Ingram being unable to make the journey. However, Bill Bricknell travelled up from Cornwall and made a welcome return to the side and played a real blinder.

Slough were distinctly unlucky to draw, and there is no doubt that the injury to West cost them the game. Peter, who was playing very soundly, recieved a bad knock fifteen minutes from time. Rank bad luck at a vital stage. I feel sure, but for this catastrophe Slough would have won 3-1. Grays put up a good fight but spoiled their work by indulging in bouts of crazy shooting from long distances. For sheer good football Slough stood out, and it's pleasing to record that their play received favourable comment from an appreciative crowd.

The game was fast and exciting, with plenty of thrills. Slough led 2-1 at half-time, a wonderful goal from Fussell being equalised by Hipkin, but Morgan restored the balance almost immediately. Gil's point was a peach dashing on to a loose ball going between Davis and Collins, he neatly flicked it past the advancing Dawes. The goalkeeper looked astounded, as well he might, for he came out confidently to gather the ball but Fussell sprinted twenty yards to his six and the United were one up. A fine piece of opportunism and needless to say it brought the house down.

The second half was marred by the injury to West, but our defence was in great form. Seager put Grays level but two minutes later Tremaine coolly scored the third after beating three men. Right on time Goddard equalised for Grays for the third time.

The team played well, combining nicely and generally giving a good exhibition of polished football. No praise is too high for West, and he received an ovation from the onlookers when assisted from the field at the end. Bricknell and Elderfield were in grand form and compared favourably with their opposite numbers. Sid Spibey was the pick of the six half-backs. His tackles and construction bore the hall mark of class. Les Brown blotted out the opposing centre and Roy Williams also played well. The wingers, Morgan and Tremaine, both making their first appearances in this side, came through their ordeals with credit. The duel of Tommy Jones and Ken Goodyear, the Grays captain, were a treat to watch. They broke about even. Chadwick did not get as many shots as usual, but some of his approach work was pretty to watch.

After Fussell's opening goal, Grays did not take any more chances with our speedy centre, and concentrated upon crowding him out. Nevertheless Gil was dangerous every time he was in possession.

Grays Athletic Line up


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