Slough In Bore Draw

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Barking's Mayesbrook Park is never a happy hunting ground for Slough Town, and although they secured a draw in the Berger Isthmian League, Premier Division match on Saturday, few will remember the visit with much satisfaction.

For one thing the final whistle signalled the completion of five hours without a goal from the Rebels, and then there was the sending off of full back Dave Yerby along with Barking striker Bryn Key.

Yerby's dismissal came shortly before the interval when he retaliated after a bad late heavy two footed tackle by Key on the Slough defender. Referee Mr M. Virgus of Erith sent both players packing — leaving Yerby to reflect on his second sending off this season and Slough's third.

The game proved to be even poorer than when the sides produced a similar result at Wexham Park earlier in the season.

With the wind at their backs Barking looked the sharper side in the early stages and made good use of their tricky winger Nicky Crown.

A well struck free kick from Bob Martin was well saved by Frank Parsons, while at the other end Dylan Evans rode two clumsy tackles, both of which might have floored him, but his neat cross was held by Kevin Hitchcock. Just before the interval Steve Norman headed narrrowly wide.

After the break with the wind behind them Slough began to have more of the play and with Joe Moloney marshalling his defence well, Jimmy Walsh hardly putting a foot wrong and Barry Friend prising the Barking defence apart, Les Barrett was twice narrowly off target.

As the closing stages arrived Rebels manager Terry Reardon sent on substitute Eggie James to replace Friend, much to the surprise of the Slough supporters.

This move was almost certainly made to increase Slough's aerial power but as most of their clear goal scoring opportunities occurred in the thickening mud of the Barking penalty area it did not work out.

In the final minutes the bizarre sight of two Slough players desperately trying to hack the ball goalwards with only Hitchcock to beat and failing indicated why the game never had the chance as a spectacle.

Just before the close Keith White, finding a dry spot on the edge of the penalty area, struck a fine shot that had Hitchcock beaten but skimmed the bar to leave his team wondering why goals that just a couple of weeks ago were so easy to come by are now proving so difficult.

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