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The Vanarama National League South

Joe slams the "boo boys"

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Slough Town
Russell (80)
1 - 3
Pooley (15, 63), Jackson (22)
Dave Russell
Slough Town boss Joe Arpino, who recently accused some of his players of "cheating", slammed the fans after Tuesday's disappointing Isthmian League defeat (writes Tony Flood).

He declared: "We may be third from bottom but no club in the league has more talent than us. We have simply lost our confidence and the fans must share the blame for this."

He explained: "Some supporters are shouting 'rubbish' as soon as something goes wrong. Kieran Somers has always been a target for the 'boo boys' - now they are barracking everyone. It is barracking and it is destroying the players.

"We are so lacking in confidence that we are not even talking to each other on the field. We must break this silence and learn to relax."

Slough, who have been beaten in nine of their 14 league games and have won only two, lost their way in a heavy mist which enveloped the ground for the first 15 minutes. During this time neither keeper could see the ball clearly. But whereas Lee and Somers were fractionally off target after beating keeper Cobb all ends up, Croydon were bang on the mark.

Porter could only block a long shot by Robin Gonzalez and Charlie Pooley drove in the rebound with 15 minutes gone. Almost immediately the mist lifted but Slough’s gloom continued. In the 22nd minute they hesitated, expecting an offside whistle, as Jackson drove in a shot which Porter got to late and it was 2-0.

The mist returned in the second half in which Croydon continued to do much as they liked. Croydon went 3-0 in front in the 63rd minute due to a dreadful mix up involving Turl. Ward forced the ball through to Pooley who easily beat Porter.

Russell headed against a post before reducing the arrears with an 80th minute shot that was helped in by Hill.

Croydon Line up

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