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The Vanarama National League South

Russell the hero as Barnet crash

| FA Cup
0 - 1
Slough Town
Russell (75)
Dave Russell
Barnet were on their knees long before Dave Russell's 75 minute goal that took Slough into the next round of the FA Cup at Underhill.

They were so totally outplayed by the exciting, enthusiastic Slough side that if this had been a boxing contest referee Terry Maher would have stopped it after 45 minutes to save Barnet further punishment.

It was so embarrassing for some home supporters that they left 10 minutes before the end.
They had not seen their team beaten at home this season, but they had not seen, and will not see many more, opponents with the class of Slough.

Slough had played very well against Wycombe Wanderers at Wexham Park the previous week, but this was even better. They worked harder, fought harder and maintained the pressure longer than in any of their previous games.

They should have opened their account after 16 minutes but Terry Reardon hit a penalty against the crossbar after Kieran Somers had been pulled back by Steve Oliver following a lovely ball over the top of the defence from Alan Gane.

Ironically, it was after the penalty miss that Slough, notorious slow starters, really wound themselves up and Barnet rode some incredible luck as the Isthmians attacked up a sticky, sloping pitch in the first half.

Besides the penalty miss, the Southern League club had an amazing let off when Bob Underwood sent a 25 yard shot crashing against the underside of the bar. Keeper Wilf Woodend was helplessly beaten but he got up to catch the ball as it bounced down on the goal line.

Woodend then made a flying save to push a powerful header from John Beyer, following a Roy Davies corner, away for a corner, but needed the assistance of Oliver, who headed away from under the bar after Slough's midfield motivator had rounded the 'keeper.

So Barnet were relieved to reach half-time still on equal terms, but they were to be sent dizzy in the second half as Slough ran circles round them.

Paul Lee took over from Russell, who had a quieter game, as the skilful tormentor, Somers looked aggressive and with midfield and defence pushing forward Barnet hardly knew where to look for danger.

In fact, it was everywhere, but the conclusive goal came when Davies skated past experienced defender Walter Lees and dropped a cross to the edge of the six yard box where Russell darted in to nod past Woodend.

Barnet Line up

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