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The Vanarama National League South

Slough crushed by former goalkeeper

Slough Town

Slough Town

Feely (5)
Harlow Town

Harlow Town

Twigg (18), Clark (39), Prosser (pen 82)
League Peter Feely
FORMER Slough Town goalkeeper Ian Wolstenholme left his old club struggling at the bottom of the Isthmian League Premier Division when he engineered their defeat on Tuesday night.

Wolstenholme, now manager of newly promoted Harlow, changed the course of the match when, midway through the first half, he told his players how to deal with Slough's 4-4-2 formation.

His touchline orders prove effective because Peter Feely and Mick Kiely suddenly found themselves isolated up front and their team slipped from goal ahead to an embarrassing defeat in front of their smallest crowd so far this season.

And it was Richard Teale, who played for Walton opposite Wolstenholme in Slough's 1973 FA Amateur Cup Final, who was to blame for two of the three goals. They started brightly enough after a floodlight failure had delayed the evening kick off for 18 minutes. Feely gave them an early lead when he headed in a Barry Friend cross after just five minutes and Slough looked as if they were about to end their disastrous start to the season.

But then a Kiely miss and a Richard Teale error in the 18th minute levelled the score when they should have made it 2-0. First Dave Russell sent Kiely racing clear of the Harlow defence but goalkeeper Paul Kitson smothered his shot and started a swift counter attack which ended, seconds later, with the equaliser. Teale stayed on his line as Peter Twigg dived in at the far post to head home a Neil Prosser cross.

Wolstenholme then had his orders shouted out to the Harlow players and they crowded the midfield to cut out the supply to Slough's two front runners.

Tim Turl shot weakly at Kitson when he broke into the penalty area in the 25th minute but after that the home side were reduced to shooting from distance. Their confidence and concentration began to disappear as Harlow took a grip on the match and it was no surprise when they scored their second goal in the 39th minute.

A Mick Mann corner was only half cleared and Teale failed to challenge Harlow's Vic Clark before he hammered in from just six yards.

Demoralised Slough continued to battle but they had run out of ideas and their agony was increased further when Prosser scored from the spot with eight minutes left.

He had been tripped by teenager Joe Maloney but there was a strong suspicion of amateur dramatics as the ball was already safely in Teale's hands when Prosser fell. All the same, it rounded off a bad defeat for Slough who are not showing any signs of the form which took them to the top of the table for a spell last season.

But for former goalkeeper Wolstenholme it was a satisfying night, only marred by the 35th minute booking of defender Tony Gough for time wasting.

Harlow Town Lineup


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