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The Vanarama National League South

A good start for Churchill

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Salisbury (34)
1 - 3
Slough Town
Friend (pen 41), Kiely (47, 49)
Micky Kiely
SLOUGH'S caretaker manager Laurie Churchill got off to a winning start in the hot seat with a good win over Tilbury at St Chad's Road.

Churchill motivated the Slough side to lift their depression after their dismal run of results and get three points from a very ordinary Tilbury side still struggling to settle down after internal upheaval.

Slough omitted Turl, Wharton, and Lee and the reorganised back four included Alan Gane and Roger Mackay at full back with Terry Reardon partnering Eric Young In the middle - John Beyer taking the substitutes shirt.

Playing against a stiff breeze Slough found it difficult to make much impression in the early stages but Micky Kiely, playing with plenty of fire, was thwarted by goalkeeper Alan Shaw when the Slough striker surprised the home defenders - and in the resulting collision both players required treatment.

Tilbury gradually took control, with lan Salisbury and Derek Williams particularly dangerous, and Richard Teale had to be alert to save Embery's free kick from outside the box.

In the 34th minute the home side took the lead with a gift goal. Derek Williams' corner, caught by the breeze, caught Teale too far off his line and the Slough keeper could only palm the ball towards his own goal. Terry Reardon hastily cleared it into the path of Salisbury who scored the simplest of goals.

Slough quickly picked themselves up and Charlie Marks, taking on the role of midfield destroyer, was a big influence in imparting the gut and determination that has been sadly lacking during recent times. The tide turned just four minutes before the interval when Dave Russell, with a chance to shoot, decided to cross to Barrie Metcalfe who was unmarked at the far post.

Before the ball could reach the tall Slough player a hand intervened and the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty to Slough. Barrie Friend netted with his third spot kick in succession to put the visitors level at a crucial time.

In Slough's first attack after the interval Barrie Metcalfe pulled a muscle and had to go off, John Beyer dropping to centre back with Terry Reardon moving forward.

Seconds after the substitution, Feely received a through pass and laid the ball to Micky Kiely, who joyfully lashed the ball past the Tilbury keeper, who was injured colliding with his own full back.

Within two minutes Micky Kiely had headed a cross from Friend that the injured Tilbury keeper could not hold properly, and the ball just carried over the line to give Slough three goals for the first time this season in a league match.

Shaw battled on bravely and made a tremendous save from Friend while other chances went begging. One tremendous move epitomised Slough’s growing confidence when Peter Feely swung a beautiful ball out to Kiely who, racing down the wing, beat his man and crossed perfectly but Charlie Marks, sliding through on his backside stabbed the ball just wide.

Tilbury Line up

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