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The Vanarama National League South

Kieran kills off Crook

| FA Trophy
Slough Town
Somers (9, 69)
2 - 1
Newton (70)
Kieron Somers
YES, the old Kieran Somers magic is really back and Crook will testify to that.

Somers, almost dropped two weeks ago because of his lack of goals, scored twice to knock the Northern League side out of the FA Trophy in last night's replay at Wexham Park.

He also scored two in the 3-3 draw last week. No wonder Crook feared him.

"He's a tremendous player and we knew we had to watch him, but how can you stop a bloke like that," said Crook's player manager Brian Newton.

Paul Lee, like Somers, was also magic in the first half. And in those first 45 minutes Slough completely outclassed Crook.

But after the interval Slough were a pitiful mess and Crook bravely battled back, almost to snatch an equaliser.

There was no living with Slough early on though and after nine minutes they scored what should have been the first of many goals.

Lee left three defenders on their knees, somehow wriggling past them on the thin white line on the right, crossed and when the ball dropped off a defender's head, Somers calmly volleyed in.

It was a well made and well taken goal, but nothing could have matched Lee's effort after 21 minutes.
He took the ball from Turl, turned and shot in one sweet movement, but the ball flew inches wide. What a pity that did not go in!

Somers, too, was unlucky when he threw himself full length to get his head to an overhead kick from Gane. But it was just over, and "Super K" also hit an upright.

By half-time the game should have been all over. Instead, Crook still had a fighting chance.

Crook had their moments in the first half with a number of well directed corners and long throws from Charlie Morrison, but Slough had a remarkable let off when, with the score 2-1, a shot from Charlie Gott eluded the outstretched hand of Trevor Porter and trickled agonisingly wide of the far post with John Rutherford dumping himself in the back of the net, but missing the ball.

By then, though, besides scoring their second goal, Slough should have been comfortably settled with at least another goal, Dave Russell shooting wide of an open net.

It relieved the tension when, in the 69th minute, John Beyer floated over a well flighted free kick and Somers judged it perfectly to run in and head home.

Crook never gave up though, and a minute later Brian Newton chipped a free kick over the wall and under the bar.

Slough had that incredible let off, but with Crook throwing everything forward Paul Lee suddenly found himself deep in his own half with the ball at his feet and only goalkeeper Pollard over the horizon to beat.

Off he set, Somers in support, but instead of passing, chipping or shooting, he tried to go round Pollard and the 'keeper saved at his feet.

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