Magnificent Jarrett keeps out Slough

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Slough Town
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Roger Mackay
ALAN Jarrett warmed his hands with a couple of classy saves to deny Slough Town maximum points in the Berger Isthmian League at Wexham Park last night.

Both were in the second half, the first to parry away a powerfully hit shot from Dave Russell and the second to dive and catch a shot of equal ferocity from Alan Gane.

He also handled crosses safely and confidently, unbelievably so considering the bitter cold, and somehow got in the way to block another shot from Gane after Mick Kiely unluckily hit the post with a header.

Slough looked the liveliest of the two sides, showing more ideas, but it was difficult to produce football of a high quality in such freezing conditions.

In the second half players were tumbling over like novice skaters on an ice rink so it was perhaps understandable that the game provided very little to warm the supporters who braved a night out. Actually, if the supporters had been in warm enough mood to appreciate it, there were a few glimpses of very good football, mainly from Slough.

There was a superb move in the opening minutes by Slough which ended with Russell, who must be quite an established ice skater judging by the way he kept his feet and troubled the Hayes defence on numerous occasions with good runs. That first chance he headed over.

Hayes however had the best chances to score, the first coming after three minutes when a cross from Pat Morrissey found Gordon Bartlett unmarked at the far post, but he took his time, too long, and shot tamely for Teale to save.

There was an even easier chance for Roger Gibbins when Richard Strong miskicked to let the Hayes striker through with only Teale to beat. Gibbins fluffed that chance, pulling his shot well wide of target.

Gary Gilbert hit an angled shot against the outside of the post and the same player unluckily hit the body of Slough keeper Richard Teale in the second half.

So Hayes, now without a win for 18 Isthmian League games, had their chances to break that dismal record although Slough looked the better footballing side, conditions permitting.

It was remarkable that, on a bone hard, icy pitch neither trainer had to be called on to administer treatment during the entire 90 minutes.

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