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The Vanarama National League South

Slough Hit Horsham For Seven

| Memorial Shield
Slough Town
Lowen (1-1, 2-1, 4-1, 7-2) Gogan (5-1, 6-2), Reardon (3-1)
7 - 2
Collyer (0-1, 5-2 pen)
Peter Lowen
Heavy rain only a quarter of an hour before the kick-off turned the Dolphin Stadium pitch into a gluey consistency to which the Berkshire side adapted far more capably.

Left-half Nobby Davis nearly put the ball past his own keeper in the opening minutes when a quick drive rebounded off his head. However, Keith Etheridge was just about able to push the ball away to safety.

Dave Collyer then just failed to reach a Mick Browning cross before he put the visitors in front, running on to a through ball and surprising the Slough defence by hitting it left-footed from twenty yards into the back of the net.

Four minutes later the cracks appeared in Horsham’s defensive armour as Lowen, who appeared to be just offside, beat the helpless Etheridge from close range.

Immediately afterwards Roy Mobsby whipped the ball over his own bar as Etheridge misjudged a free-kick. The equaliser (on aggregate) was not long in coming. Don Cocozza tried to dribble the hall out of his own penalty area, was robbed, and inside-right Gogan hit a post and it rebounded across the goal-line and in.

With the match looking fairly even at the interval Slough then stepped up a gear and three goals in a fifteen minute spell secured the trophy for the homesters.

First, Reardon fired an oblique shot across the front of Etheridge into the net and six minutes later Lowen calmly beat three men as he lazily drifted across goal before left-footing the ball past the ‘keeper.

Gogan was then allowed to sweep the ball into the net virtually unopposed with the visiting defence thoroughly demoralised.

With the game now ripe for the taking, Slough relaxed and Gogan missed an open goal when he slipped on the tricky surface.

Another Slough attack was saved at the expense of a scrambled corner but if the home side had continued to press hard, they would have undoubtedly netted even more goals.

Dave Collyer’s successful penalty kick, after Davies handled in the area, did little to raise the hopes of the Queen Street men and, soon afterwards, Slough rubbed in their superiority by registering a further two strikes in three minutes through Gogan – from the narrowest of angles – and a typical Lowen dribble and shot.

Horsham Line up

Keith Etheridge, Brian Nagle, Geoff Crowther, Roy Mobsby, Brian Riggs, Ron Davis, Roy Jackson, Don Cocozza, Mick Browning, Dave Collyer, John Grant.

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