Town boss Arpino comes under fire

Slough Town

Slough Town

Cooke (70)


Alexander, Binks, Currie (85)
League Mick Wharton
SLOUGH continued their Jekyll and Hyde ways at Wexham Park last night where they were outplayed by Tilbury in the Premier Division fixture.

On Saturday they had a comfortable victory in the FA Cup at Walton but somehow in league matches they lack motivation and looked quite disinterested in the game from first to last.

In fact, when Ian Cooke reduced the lead with a clever goal, the lack of enthusiasm among the players was amazing to behold.

Joe Arpino dropped a bombshell when he left out skipper John Beyer for no apparent reason and the Slough manager now finds himself under fire from supporters.

One fan's petition to have Arpino removed was quickly stifled but the sad fact remains that Slough need some new motivation to lift them from the foot of the table.

The home side were quickly behind when Tilbury struck twice in a minute. The first came when Smith crossed to Alexander, who flicked the ball over the advancing Scott's head. The second came from a thunderbolt shot by Binks from 25 yards that would have beaten any goalkeeper in the country.

Shortly after this Russell missed an easy chance from close in and both Steve Norman and Mickey Kiely wasted good opportunities.

Tilbury were having very little difficulty in maintaining their lead and Slough appeared to be playing virtually without any midfield at all. Mick Wharton, a new signing who joined the club on Saturday, was having a splendid game in the heart of the Slough defence and time after time came to their rescue.

Smith shot just over the bar just before half-time and then Dave Russell, dribbling through, spoilt a fine individual effort by shooting weakly at the goalkeeper.

In the second half, Slough began to show more aggression, Cooke replacing Steve Norman at the beginning of the second period. However, the service from the midfield was continually not sufficient to give the forwards any chances but 20 minutes from the end, Cooke's speculative overhead kick rolled past the surprised Mills to reduce the deficit.

Shortly after this Young tripped Alexander in the box but Currie's shot was saved at full stretch by Dale Scott.

However, Tilbury had the last word five minutes from the end when Currie thrashed the ball past Scott to send Slough to their 11th league defeat.

Tilbury Lineup


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