Horsham surged straight into the attack, and in the first minute centre-forward Denis Stillwell’s free-kick slipped through the goalkeeper’s hands. The ball spun tantalising on the goal-line before being cleared.
Then, after a fast breakaway down the right-wing by Slough danger men Murray and Wise, right-winger Murray tested goalkeeper Terry Clover. The keeper, playing his first senior home game, came through a light test competently but Horsham were so dominant they became over-casual at times and might have paid dearly against a better finishing combination.
But with captain Glyn Jones showing a masterful grip of the centre of the field, despite a dislocated thumb, Slough were allowed little rope and the backs moved cheekily into the attack in the latter stages.
Slough were fortunate not to be three down in the first ten minutes as right-back Miller blocked a Dave Collyer drive before Billy Bell scored. His twenty-yarder flew home with the visiting defence transfixed.
Collyer shot into the side netting, and Miller again cleared off the goal-line from Don Cocozza, and it was against the run of play that Slough equalised when Wallace hooked a long, swinging ball into the net.
Horsham then snapped back into action and a lovely through ball from Collyer was netted by Cocozza two minutes before the interval.
Afterwards it was virtually all Horsham. Roy Mobsby set up Collyer to head in the third and the same player’s 35-yard piledriver was tipped around a post by keeper Evans.
R. Nairn pulled one back with a simple tap-in, following a great run from Murray, but again Horsham stepped up a gear and Cocozza rocketed a header home from a Tony Barnett corner before Stillwell scored the fifth eleven minutes from time when he brought down a Bell pass and picked his spot before slotting home.
Horsham Line up
Terry Clover, Ron Hartley, Geoff Crowther, Billy Bell, Glyn Jones, Roy Mobsby, Jimmy Carter, Don Cocozza, Denis Stillwell, Dave Collyer, Tony Barnett.