Late goal ends Town's run of defeats

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Slough Town
Lee (80)
1 - 0
Tim Turl
SLOUGH Town moved out of the doldrums at last when a goal 10 minutes from the finish by Paul Lee enabled them to beat Hendon in Saturday's Isthmian League game and end a run of four successive defeats.

Slough were completing their first double over Hendon, after losing all their previous league encounters with the North London club since gaining promotion to the Premier Division.

And ironically it was because Hendon faded and conceded a late goal - the failing Slough had showed in five of their last six games!

Manager Joe Arpino's long overdue decision to drop Kieron Somers for the first time this season meant that the attack had greater mobility and pace.

But Hendon looked the more dangerous side in the first-half and could have gone ahead in the 15th minute. Horastead missed his kick on the edge of the penalty area and the ball ran to Southam who cut in to bring an excellent save from keeper Porter.

Slough's midfield was disorganised at this stage, with Russell failing to give his defence enough support. Hendon striker Jefferies squandered two good chances, while Brookes headed wide from a Southam corner.

The alert Southam also went close following an Anderson throw-in at which Slough showed their old failing of being slow to pick up unmarked opponents. Feely broke through for Slough but he found himself without support and the ball was cleared.

In the last minute of the first half Beyer's mistake gave Jefferies another fine chance but the Hendon forward shot straight at Porter.

Hendon keeper Steel, who did not have a shot to save in the first-half, was beaten in the 52nd minute when man-of-the match Tim Turl sent in a hard drive but Hand cleared off the line.

This boosted Slough's confidence and, after Lee had fired a fraction over the bar, Feely and Turl both shot narrowly wide, while Gane drove the ball into the side netting. In the 77th minute Hendon sent on substitute Deadman for Southam and within a minute they had Martin booked for a foul.

Lee then grabbed the all important goal in the 80th minute. Gane made progress down the right and crossed into the penalty area where Lee sent a right foot volley past Steel.

Feely almost increased Slough's lead with a spectacular shot which floated over Steel but went beyond the far post.

Hendon could only reflect sadly on their earlier misses, the most glaring of which were made by Jefferies who even hooked the ball wide when a second-half corner by Swabey fell at his feet.

Hendon Line up

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