For a few seconds they thought they had the answer when Mick Browning burst through to score in the tenth minute but the Horsham striker was not in evidence for the rest of the match and, except for an extremely bad miss from Tony Barnett, Horsham seldom looked like winning the game.
The visitors seemed to play without method and appeared to be upset by the quick ground-passing of the small Slough side.
They never mastered the quick switches of the Slough forwards and centre-half Glyn Jones never seemed to realise that because Dearlove was wearing the number nine shirt, it did not mean he was the centre-forward. He clung to his opponent and played him out of the game but Dearlove was content to let him do so. Why should he worry when most of the time he was playing inside-forward or on either wing, drawing Jones out with him?
Horsham made ground in the second half with long kicks up the middle but Browning was never able to draw Alec Nairn at all, or to feed his other forwards effectively.
Slough attacked from the start and Dave Stripp saved a couple of shots from close in before Browning broke away on a solo run and converted an angled shot.
But the Sussex side’s jubilation was to be short-lived. Within a minute, Wallis equalised with a free-kick and from then on Horsham were almost continuously on the defensive. Stripp twice turned shots from Dearlove round for a corner, and did well to palm out shots from all the Slough forwards. In fact. but for him, Slough would have won comfortably.
Billy Bell, with an overhead kick, produced the only exciting moment for Horsham during the latter stages of the first half but Redford neatly turned his shot away for an abortive corner.
Early in the second half Barnett was through on his own but tried to hit the ball first time instead of steadying himself and missed by miles with a virtually open goal. Horsham seldom looked dangerous after that.
Their few shots were confined to weak efforts well outside the penalty area which were scooped up by Redford. At the other end Stripp was constantly in action, and must have been relieved when the final whistle blew.
Horsham Line up
David Stripp, Ron Hartley, Geoff Crowther, Jimmy Carter, Glyn Jones, Roy Mobsby, Denis Stillwell, Billy Bell, Don Cocozza, Mick Browning, Tony Barnett.