Roger wins top prize but gets no support

Slough Town

Slough Town

Young (73)
Staines Town

Staines Town

Greenhalgh (40)
League Roger Mackay
ROGER Mackay was presented with Slough Town's Sportsman of the Year award by club president Peter Walsh before the start of Tuesday's Isthmian League game and then demonstrated why he had earned the trophy.

Left-back Mackay was one of the few Slough players to impress. Had his team-mates shown half his fighting spirit and commitment then Slough would surely have beaten their lowly neighbours.

Only Tim Turl, who finished second in the poll for the club's top player, and third-placed Richard Teale showed anything like their normal form in a sloppy team display. The final straw came 10 minutes from the end when Alan Gane slammed a penalty against the bar after Mick Kiely had been brought down by Fidler.

Kiely had earlier been booked for protesting fiercely - but in vain - for a penalty after he and Lee had been knocked flying in a 60th minute goalmouth scramble. Cooke was also cautioned by referee Mr. E. Griffith for a seemingly innocuous foul.

Slough created the better chances in the first 30 minutes, but Friend shot hopelessly wide when clean through and keeper Collier later smothered the ball at Kiely's feet.

Town's troubles started when they lost Dave Russell through injury in the 38th minute. One minute after Strong came on as substitute, Staines took the lead. Bax, who had been booked earlier for dissent, helped the ball through and Brian Greenhalgh hammered his shot past Teale.

Former Staines centre-half Eric Young, recalled for this match, was at fault for this goal, and he and Strong made several further errors. But Young made amends by putting Slough level in the 73rd minute. Gane's free-kick was headed down by Kiely and, with Collier failing to hold the ball, Young stuck out a foot to poke it home.

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