Town gain revenge after early shock

Slough Town

Slough Town

Somers (42), Cooke (77)


Brown (4)
League Terry Reardon
SLOUGH Town, trailing 1-0 to a fourth-minute goal by their former striker Terry Brown, hit back to gain their third successive Isthmian League victory on Saturday and obtain revenge for their defeat at Hayes.

The set-back at Hayes came in the middle of a remarkable run of five victories in six games and makes nonsense of Slough's early season form which caused them to struggle in the relegation zone after going seven matches without a win.

Yet this revival follows the same Slough as last season when Slough failed to win any of their first five games but then had an unbeaten 14-match run. They went on to reach the semi-final of the F.A. Trophy and could well have another good run in that competition.

But first they must cut out the defensive shortcomings which Hayes exploited in the first-half. Ex-Watford star Stewart Scullion was allowed far too much room as he cut through in the fourth minute to fire against the underside of the bar. The alert Brown got to the rebound before Gane to slide the ball home.

Terry Reardon, playing at centre half as Phil Beal had left for a two week soccer trip to Saudi Arabia, foiled two of his former team-mates by cutting out a long pass by Yerby that was intended for Brown.

But Slough were still uncertain at this stage and were relieved when Gordon Bartlett, the third ex-Slough man in the visitors' side, twice mishit his centres. Bartlett almost made amends with a fine shot which Porter saved well.

Feely and Somers were off target in Slough's counter attacks and when Feely got his head to a Mackay free kick the ball was kicked behind by Carrington.

But in the 42nd minute Slough equalised, with Friend crossing accurately for Somers to bead home.

Gane was then booked for the first time in his career - he has been playing for 18 years since the age of nine! - when he handled to prevent Leather putting Wiles away.

Slough looked more purposeful in the second half although they had an early scare when Scullion sent Brown through to shoot narrowly wide.

Hayes cleared two corners with difficulty and keeper Cox made smart saves from Lee and Feely before Slough went in front in the 77th minute. A Russell cross caused confusion in the Hayes defence and Ian Cooke's shot was deflected past the unfortunate Cox. It was Cooke's first goal for Slough.

The visitors, who brought on substitute Bunker for Scullion, might have snatched an equaliser when Brown made a penetrating run and passed to Wiles whose shot landed on top of the goal.

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