Tranter's men unlucky

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Date: Saturday, November 6th 1976 | Competition: FA Cup | Attendance: TBC

Man Of Match: Tim Turl

FORMER Slough Town coach Tommy Tranter and his Woking players must have felt their luck was right out in Saturday's F.A. Cup fourth qualifying round tie and who can blame them?

The Woking boss saw his forwards denied by a mixture of misfortune and fine goalkeeping by Slough's Trevor Porter before having a "goal" disallowed.

With the second-half developing into a stalemate, Woking substitute Alan Morton, who had come on for Jim Godfrey, split the visitors defence and Dave Alexander pushed the ball home. Woking's yells of delight turned to cries of anguish when the referee gave it off-side as a result of a linesman's signal.

Earlier Tony Roberts had seemed likely to put Woking ahead with a well-placed shot through a crowd of players but Porter foiled him with a diving save. Add to this a goal-line clearance by Tim Turl and a first-half effort by Alexander which flashed just wide and you can see why Woking were unlucky.

But Slough had two good spells in the last 10 minutes of the first-half and midway through the second-half. Kieran Somers headed wide, while keeper John Overton made saves from a subdued Russell and Roy Davies, who saw his free-kick well held.

Terry Brown, having come on as substitute for Somers, threatened in the dying minutes but the ball was cleared by ex-Slough full-back Mick Stratford. Earlier Steve Hill, another former Slough player, had gone close for Woking.

Slough, too, included two men who used to play for their opponents - Hans van den Berg and Bob Underwood.

Bob, who had an abscess removed from his left leg the previous Sunday, played because Terry Reardon and Gordon Bartlett were injured and Andy McElwee was not registered in time. As might be expected, he lacked a little pace following his lay-off but he turned in a good overall display.

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