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Sweet surrender from Slough

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Slough Town
0 - 0
Hans Vandenberg
Hayes picked up a vital point in their fight against relegation at Wexham Park last night - and Slough seemed happy to let them have it.

But Hayes are still not safe, for if they lose to Tilbury at Church Road on Saturday and Dulwich beat Wycombe at Loakes Park then they will join Ilford in the Isthmian League Division 2 next season.

On the amount of effort shown last night, Hayes hardly deserve to survive. There was little urgency about their play and only striker Cyrille Regis looked likely to produce a spark of magic to win the points for them.

He should have scored in the first minute of the second half when he dallied past three defenders and was only stopped when Trevor Porter saved bravely at his feet.

That was Hayes' only clear-cut chance and, although there was some clever football from both sides, almost verging on the exhibition, the possibility of a goal always looked remote.

Goalkeeper Alan Cox made good saves from Hans Vandenberg, Paul Lee and Terry Brown, but Slough persisted in shooting from outside the penalty area, and always off-target.

Just before half-time, a nice low cross from Vandenberg found Terry Reardon on the edge of the six-yard box who cleverly back heeled for Tim Turl, but he mishit his shot.

It would have been easier for Reardon to score himself and in more urgent circumstances he would most certainly have done so.

But this was one of those nights when everyone seemed intent on doing their own thing.

Hopefully, it will be different tomorrow when Slough play Enfield in a game which could decide the Isthmian League championship at Wexham Park.

But with Tim Turl and Micky Cooper both unlikely to play and Kieran Somers and Alan Gane definitely out, manager Joe Arpino is worried once again about how he will raise a team.

Hayes Line up


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