The effort and team spirit of the young local side was notable but there was little method or know-how in their play. When the quick-thinking, fast-moving, Slough attack really moved into action the local side looked like an inexperienced bunch of youngsters who badly needed the guiding hand of some experience. However, when Horsham pulled out the stops towards the end of the first half, and at the beginning of the second, they threw Slough off their calculated game and shook their confidence.
Slough were quickly out of the blocks and the homesters could do little as ball-wizard Terry Wise conjured his way through on the left in the ninth minute to present centre-forward Bernie Gogan with an easy goal.
It could easily have been four in the next ten minutes as their weaving attack carved its way through the bewildered defence. Twice the ball was whipped off the line before left-half Perce Gibbons headed away.
It was a measure of the defence’s stupefaction that they stood still in the 35th minute to allow left-winger Dearlove plenty of time to net the ball after muffing one chance.
However, two minutes later the tables began to turn and Horsham pulled one back. Eric Meeten was sent flying down the left wing and his cross went through to right-winger Tony Miller whose centre was volleyed into the net by inside-right Roger Weekes.
Miller should have equalised a minute later but his hook went straight to the keeper and more fine chances were missed by Weekes and Mick Streeter shortly before the interval.
Horsham maintained their momentum in the early stages of the second half and immediately after the restart Weekes beat two men only to shoot straight at the keeper with Streeter hitting the rebound over the bar.
He made no mistake, however, when he nipped in between Brown and goalkeeper Redford to equalise. An injury to the centre-forward, after a collision with Redford, meant that Streeter became a limping passenger for the rest of the game and to make matters worse a bad slip by Ian Booth let in Gogan to accept an easy chance to net the winner. As their confidence returned, the visitors ended the game very much on top.
Horsham Line up
Terry Clover, Keith Inglis, Clive Jackson, Billy Bell, Ian Booth, Perce Gibbons, Tony Miller, Roger Weekes, Mick Streeter, Ken Awcock, Eric Meeten.