No let-up for feeble Town



Morton (43, 63), Preston (72, 78)
Slough Town

Slough Town

League Tim Turl
WHEN Slough visit Walton and Hersham in the FA Cup they will be hoping for a return of their cup form and pride.

It is difficult to reconcile that the Wexham Park club have scored seven goals against two in the cup in just three matches - and yet only notched eight goals in 13 league fixtures while conceding 28.

With only one victory - against fellow strugglers Staines Town at home - in the last 20 league matches the officials at Wexham Park must realise that the chances of Premier Division football at Slough to start the Eighties is becoming more remote week by week. It is difficult to recall a time when supporters have felt more disconsolate with their favourites' showing than they were on Saturday.

Defeat was outright, but the manner of its execution from the Slough point of view was indefensible. This same team, bubbling with ideas, had shattered Hayes on the previous Saturday, yet at Woking players with fine reputations failed to be responsible for their part in the match. It was furthermore difficult to recall that Dale Scott had some marvellous matches for Maidenhead United, and trials with Watford, so uncertain was his goalkeeping.

If Slough had any chances they all came in the first 35 minutes, which culminated in Alan Gane missing badly from the spot following a crazy handball by a Woking defender. Woking, although holding the whip hand up to this stage, looked off form in front of goal, and with "Eggie" James having an uncertain day Slough were able to benefit.

Parsons made one fine save from Peter Feely, but was otherwise under-employed. Woking were cruising, playing all the football, and eventually appeared to take the lead in the 42nd minute when Tony Field found the net. A linesman's flag came to Slough's rescue, but a minute later Alexander covered perfectly for Alan Morton to head past Scott.

In the first minute of the second half Kiely was fouled in the area, and the referee awarding, strangely, a direct free kick that was wasted through lack of a set-piece confidence, and that was the end of Slough as a scoring threat.

Gary Rolph almost scored when Scott fumbled and Beyer cleared the ball, but a dreadful error by Alan Gane gave Morton a chance to run through a wide-open defence to increase the lead in the 63rd minute.

Nine minutes later Dale Scott was totally deceived by a cross from the left and Micky Preston was on hand to increase the lead, and the same Woking defender scored again from a corner in the 78th minute.

The crossbar saved Slough again when John Love headed past Scott, and the final whistle came as a relief.

Woking Lineup

Parsons, Yerby, Martin, Love, Preston, Cottrell, Alexander, Field, Morton, Rolph, James. Sub: Fletcher.


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