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Keith's first league goal

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White (54)


League Keith White
KEITH White's spectacular first ever league goal for Slough Town after 54 minutes was enough to give the Rebels three vital Berger Isthmian League, Premier Division points against Barking at Wexham Park on Saturday.

Until White scored his first goal in Isthmian League football, Slough had always looked the better but as on previous occasions this season had wasted numerous chances to take the lead.

As expected Pat Morrissey had not recovered from the injury received against Wokingham the previous Saturday, and manager Laurie Churchill was also without flu victim Dave Russell. Eggie James returned up front after injury and White was also back in action after missing the last two matches with an ankle injury.

Barking were also hit by injuries, and so bad was the situation for the Essex side that their manager, Harry Cripps, the former Millwall and Charlton Athletic full-back, was forced to play in defence.

The first half was only 15 minutes old when Slough were further hit by injury. Left-back Vic Akers limped off with a pulled ligament in his ankle.

Substitute Steve Norman replaced Akers in defence and quickly fitted into his role to give a sound performance. During the first 45 minutes the Rebels often played some attractive football and created numerous chances. However, as has so often been the case this season, these chances were not turned into goals.

During this period of Slough domination, Micky Kiely went close on several occasions while Eggie James missed a golden opportunity to score when he mis-kicked in front of a virtually open goal.

The second half started with Barking almost taking a shock lead. A Slough attack broke down on the edge of the visitors’ penalty area and following a quick break down field, Gibbs hit the Slough crossbar.

However it was Slough who finally got the ball into the net when White scored after 54 minutes. He picked up the ball some 25 yards out, turned and hit a superb shot past a stranded Kevin Hitchcock in the Barking goal.

Slough continued to dominate in the last 30 minutes but despite several promising build-ups further goals would not come. This was a below-par performance from the Rebels but it was enough to bring them three more vital points. Special mention must be made of the Barking goalkeeper Hitchcock, who was brought into the side from the reserves and gave an outstanding performance, denying Slough on numerous occasions.

Barking Lineup


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