New look' Slough concede late goal

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Somers (80)


Date: Saturday, February 25th 1978 | Competition: League | Attendance: TBC

Man Of Match: Dave Russell

A late goal robbed Slough Town of victory in Saturday's hard fought but rarely exciting Isthmian League clash at Kingston where manager Joe Arpino's new attacking formation was disappointing.

Slough had the edge in attack where Paul Lee and Barry Friend supported Kieran Somers and Peter Feely, but the Kingstonian defence was not seriously troubled and the match developed into a midfield battle.

Dave Russell, recalled to partner Alan Gane in the middle of a 4-2-4 formation, did reasonably well, though he tended to come off second best against the forceful play of ex-Slough men Tim Smith and Micky Stratford, and debutant Alex McFarland.

Slough manager Joe Arpino admitted: "Our new formation wasn't a big hit but it will take players time to adjust to it, though the fight is on for places. I will persevere with the system."

Town forced a series of corners in the first half but these were dealt with competently by reserve keeper Peter Burdett who was making his debut as John Overton was unavailable.

When Burdett was beaten, Somers saw his header cleared off the line, and Feely missed a good chance by heading over.

Kingstonian, who had Dave Dyer booked for handling, could have snatched the lead but Peter Caines fired over after breaking through.

The home side pressed early in the second-half but the Slough defence, with Turl and Beyer in good form, stood firm.

Lee was the main threat for Slough but he lacked support until Slough eventually scored with 10 minutes remaining. Gane and Friend worked the ball to Lee who crossed from the right into the penalty area where Feely flicked on for Somers to fire home.

It seemed Slough had the game won but they paid the price for lack of concentration in the last minute.

A corner from Pudney was only partly cleared and left-back Alan Roughan equalised with a right foot shot, with Slough failing to close down on him.

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