We've still got a lot to do, says Arpino



Slough Town

Slough Town

Mackay (27)
League Richard Strong
Slough Town continued their climb up the Isthmian League table on Saturday by stretching their unbeaten run to four games but manager Joe Arpino scoffed at suggestions that his side should be regarded as championship contenders.

He said afterwards: "Obviously my aim is to win the title, but we have so much work to do it's frightening. Although we were the better side, we didn't play as well as we should and almost paid for slackness in defence when Kingstonian hit the bar."

Centre-back Richard Strong can be absolved from criticism as he had a splendid match and must have impressed an onlooking Wimbledon representative. Mr. Arpino said: "He's got tremendous potential - I wouldn't dream of letting him go."

The Slough recent injury jinx continued, with Mick Kiely staying off at half-time with a pulled hamstring and Tim Turl receiving another knock on the ankle he injured so badly last season.

Slough's Paul Lee and Kingstonian's John Martin looked lively in the first-half and both went close before Slough took the lead in the 27th minute.

A corner from the right by Friend produced a well rehearsed move in which Roger Mackay, Richard Strong and Barry Metcalfe all came in from different angles. Mackay challenged for the ball with Kingstonian centre-back Jim Pignillem and rammed it into the net.

Friend almost made it 2-0 with a header that went narrowly wide, while Metcalfe had a shot deflected over the bar.

Kingstonian, who had brought on ex-Slough player Errol Rhoden as substitute for the injured Mitchell, produced two good efforts from Samoth and Martin but they were off target.

In a scrappy second-half both sides made some good build ups without showing enough thrust up front. The goalkeepers did not have too much to do, although Kingstonian keeper Overton had to act quickly to cut out a cross from substitute Russell with Lee moving in, and Teale had to palm away a fine drive from Stille.

Samoth went even closer with a shot that hit the underside of the bar. The ball bounced down and came to Hill whose header was saved by Teale. The visitors eventually regained their composure and Russell saw his shot glance the bar.

Kingstonian Lineup


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