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The Vanarama National League South

No excuses for this defeat, says Rebels manager

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Harlow Town
Mann (70, 90)
2 - 1
Slough Town
Lee (60)
Eric Young
SLOUGH manager Joe Arpino was quick to rule out mere bad luck as the reason for Slough's failure to take at least a point from Saturday's Isthmian League Premier Division game.

"People say we were unlucky but I don't believe it. We have got ourselves into the situation where we are bottom of the table and although it is not easy for the players, they have got to grow up quickly and come to terms with it. It is no good making excuses. Against Harlow we missed four exceptional chances and the game should have been over by half-time," said Mr. Arpino.

The Slough manager has confirmed that he is looking for a striker. "Our problems have been in front of goal and maybe a new face can do the trick," he said.

Slough went to Harlow hoping to cause an upset by beating the team who play Leicester City in the FA Cup third round the following Saturday, and but for a series of bad breaks they would have come back with at least a point.

They had what looked a certain goal disallowed when Young's header appeared to cross the line but play was waved on. Then in the last minute with the score 1-1 the referee failed to penalise a clear foul on Micky Kiely and Harlow immediately forced a corner at the other end, from which they scored.

The Rebels played some attractive and interesting football in the first-half and really took control of the game after the interval, creating a series of chances. Bad finishing in front of goal has cost Slough numerous points this season, and unhappily only one of those chances was capitalised upon when Paul Lee forced a Barry Friend corner over the line. That was on the hour, and 10 minutes later Harlow were undeservedly level when Micky Mann beat Teale with a stinging drive from 18 yards.

Then came that disastrous last-minute goal and Slough were left with nothing to show for a fine performance - and how often that has been the case this season.

Slough's New Year's Day match at Hayes was postponed because of a frost bound pitch. On Saturday they are at home to Wycombe Wanderers and must hope to repeat the 3-1 success they gained against their old rivals when the teams met in the Berks and Bucks Senior Cup two months ago.

Harlow Town Line up

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