Kiely shines but Town fade

Slough Town

Slough Town

Russell (5)
Sutton United

Sutton United

Kidd (74)
League Micky Kiely
Slough Town's latest signing, striker Mick Kiely, made a most impressive home debut in Saturday's Isthmian League game but Town faded in the second-half and failed to win for the third successive match.

The 21-year-old Kiely, who, like Roger Mackay, is a product of Borough Road College, got into some menacing positions and always tried to build up constructive moves. And his sharpness in the penalty area illustrated why he has scored 20 goals for his college this season.

He was being watched by ex-Slough coach Tommy Tranter, who is a P.E. lecturer at Borough Road College. Mr. Tranter commented: "Mick is a really good prospect with a lot of ability."

There were also good displays from Ian Cooke - showing a welcome return to form - and Bob Underwood. Both figured in some fine moves but Slough frustrated their supporters by making too many unnecessary mistakes.

Trevor Porter, back in goal after injury, came to the home side's rescue in the opening minutes by pushing out efforts from ex-Slough player Delaney and Rains in quick succession.

Slough took full advantage of this let off by grabbing the lead in the fifth minute through Dave Russell who was quick to cash in on good work by Kiely. It was only Russell's eighth goal of the season.

Kiely continued to make a big impact and in the 16th minute he headed just wide from Beyer's cross.

Slough were now looking the more dangerous side and almost increased their lead when Feely set up a chance for Friend, only to see the little mid-field man fire the wrong side of the post.

Kidd almost wriggled through at the other end but his shot was blocked and when he pushed the ball square Wallis drove it hurriedly wide.

The best move of the match, involving Kiely, Lee and Friend ended in former Slough keeper Collyer diving full length to reach Russell's low shot.

Slough, who had their half-time team talk on the field as the club's heating system had made it too hot in the dressing room, coolly soaked up a brief spell of Sutton pressure when play restarted.

Porter saved brilliantly from Mills but was beaten in the 74th minute. Fraser hooked the ball into the goal area where Kidd equalised from what seemed an off-side position.

Kidd was inches away from giving Sutton the lead, while Friend and Lee missed chances for Slough. But neither side played with enough conviction in the closing stages to deserve victory.

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