It was an unlucky Horsham who trailed off the field at the end of the match as they had done enough to deserve at least a point. And no one had done more than ‘deputy’ centre-forward Harry Attwater, who had taken over as leader when the news came that Mick Browning had been ordered not to play because of an abscess in the face. Attwater was an inspiration to the rest of the forwards but, unfortunately, he did not get the support he deserved.
A persistent leg injury rendered Roy Mobsby a passenger for most of the game and Cliff Killick, playing in the unfamiliar position of wing half, didn’t seem as happy as he had been at full-back and several times he was beaten by speed. But the rest of the Horsham defence combined well and John Browning, at centre-half, showed form which was comparable with the old days when he regularly ﬁlled the centre half position.
Slough looked set for a comfortable win when they scored two goals in three minutes. In the seventeenth, a Morley corner came over and completely deceived goalkeeper Phil Loveridge who turned it over the line as he was challenged. Three minutes later, centre-forward Roberts neatly turned a Driver centre into the net.
Horsham weren’t without their chances in this half and, after half an hour, Prebble did well to punch away a Keith Brister header.
Five minutes later Prebble saved an almost certain goal by throwing himself at Mobsby’s feet. He was injured in the collision and the game was held up for a few minutes while he received treatment.
After eleven minutes of the second half, Brister pushed the ball through for Attwater and the centre-forward scored well. For the next fifteen minutes Horsham were seldom out of the Slough half. They looked dangerous in every raid but couldn’t score.
Slough broke away soon after this and a ﬁrst-time drive by Roberts found the back of the net but back came Horsham, ﬁghting all the way, and with six minutes to go another Brister pass found Attwater and he rammed the ball into the corner of the net. Although Horsham went ﬂat out for the equaliser, time was against them.
Horsham Line up
Phil Loveridge, Ron Hartley, Geoff Crowther, Cliff Killick, John Browning, Roy Jerome, Bern Archer, N Robertson, Harry Attwater, Roy Mobsby, Keith Brister.