Cumber shows need for youth policy

Slough Town

Slough Town

Lee (60), Strong (73)
Boreham Wood

Boreham Wood

League Micky Cumber
MICK Cumber underlined the need for good young reserves when he stepped into the right back position in place of the injured Tim Turl and gave a polished display to help Slough Town overcome a determined Boreham Wood side in Saturday's Isthmian League encounter.

Langley youngster Cumber has the necessary ability and composure to make the grade, and one wonders how many other local players could follow in his footsteps if given the chance via Slough's youth side.
Apart from Cumber's fine display and a goal-scoring return by substitute Paul Lee, there was little to brighten a bitterly cold day which must have set new standards of endurance for the few hundred loyal Slough fans.

At least they saw Dave Russell regain his old form. Russell, apparently released from his mid-field shackles, provided moments of menace on the right flank, and figured in one of the best moves at Wexham Park this season when Micky Kiely shot wide in the last minute.

Boreham Wood, who sprung a surprise by omitting ex-Enfield captain Dave Lawrence from mid-field, tried to take advantage of the wind in the first half by shooting from long range at every opportunity.

Richard Teale and his co-defenders coped well but the Slough keeper was fully extended to save from Batten. Bevans was unfortunate to see his swerving shot just elude team-mate Jackson whose effort to volley the ball home connected with thin air.

The referee, Mr. Claridge from Dagenham, appeared to see things differently from his linesmen, several of whose decisions were contrary to his own. But they all missed a nasty elbow in the eye that floored Slough striker Peter Feely and caused him to withdraw from the game to have stitches in his eyelid.
Paul Lee took his place and the remaining ten minutes of the half saw the pattern of play virtually unchanged.

In the second half Slough were soon able to exert some pressure and Russell sidefooted the ball towards an empty net in the 48th minute, only to see the wind guide it wide.

Shortly afterwards Ian Cooke appeared certain to score but the ball suddenly rose in the breeze to hit the crossbar.

Slough continued to press and eventually Lee notched his 12th goal of the season in the 60th minute. Cooke placed a teasing corner into the goalmouth where Steve Waller half saved from Kiely, and the ball came to Lee who fired home from a difficult angle.

A fine pass from Friend that found Russell 10 minutes later almost gave the home team another goal but Waller saved well.

Town made it 2-0 in the 73rd minute when a corner from the right by Friend was brushed into the net off the post by Richard Strong and from that point Slough were never in danger.

Boreham Wood Lineup


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