He was dismissed with only ﬁve minutes to go by Basingstoke referee Mr Alan Turvey, who had booked him for the third time this season, just before the interval, when he pulled down dangerman Kemp, who was breaking clear for goal. The sending-off brought Horsham’s penalty-points total to eight, which precluded them from ﬁnancial beneﬁts at the end of the season.
Slough, needing both points to make certain of promotion in their last league game, attacked from the start but created few clear chances against a Hornets’ side without the injured Andy Tasker and Steve Cosham.
Slough also lost top-scorer Anthony after only fifteen minutes with a recurrence of a hamstring injury and sub Crosby came on. Horsham, who played attractive football in their best period after the interval, were largely restricted to breakaways in the early stages, but Steve Ibbitson burst through to put just wide after good work by Peter Medhurst and their outstanding player, Colin Newstead.
Medhurst was then in the right place to head off the line, but there was further trouble when goalkeeper Dai Mason was penalised for taking too many steps although, thankfully, the free-kick was blocked and then cleared.
The writing was on the wall, though, when Adam had to concede a corner following a Strudwick slip and two more corners were forced. Excellently placed by Welsh international Williams, the third reached the head of Kemp, and he soared to nod in powerfully under the bar.
Almost immediately Newstead hit a piledriver that brought applause from the enthusiastic fans, and then the ‘keeper had to grab the ball off Newstead’s toes. As the Hornets stepped up their game after the interval, Newstead caught Spittle off his line and the ‘keeper had to throw himself backwards to save, and Steer drove over the bar from a ﬁne Mills prompt.
But Slough were not to be denied. Steer had to kick a goalbound ball off the line, and Kemp hammered one into Mason’s chest before the evening ended with mixed feelings as Adam walked off and Slough went up.
Dai Mason, Glyn Garfield, Bobby Adam, Rick Summerfield, Dennis Strudwick, Steve Ibbitson, Peter Medhurst, Colin Newstead, Dave Harding, Barry Steer, Keith Mills. Subs: Paul Daniels.