Stones himself made a much better attempt after quarter of an hour, following a swinging attack in which the ball went quickly from right-half Ken Awcock to inside-right Billy Bell, Hounsome and the winger whose oblique shot was narrowly the wrong side of the far upright. Then, just before the half-hour, Bell failed to get his shot in when well placed and Hounsome, presented with a chance on a plate, completely miskicked the ricochet from a couple of yards out.
But Horsham were having luck in the other direction. Right-winger Peter Ford failed to put the ball away after a mix-up between Clive Jackson and Keith Etheridge, and more confusion between keeper Etheridge and Ian Booth let in Bernie Gogan who was only foiled by a last ditch tackle.
Keith Inglis reacted with speed when he cleared the ball off the line with Etheridge beaten but ten minutes before the interval Gogan finally opened the scoring when he crashed the ball into the roof of the net from the eighteen yard line.
Slough stretched their lead immediately after the break when a crossfield ball found Peter Ford completely unmarked and his cross was headed in by inside right Alan Mitchell. Etheridge managed to get his hands to the ball but it spun away and bounced over the line as Inglis raced vainly across to try and save the goal.
Both sides made mistakes on the hard surface and when a lucky rebound put the ball at Gogan’s feet, the usually immaculate striker ballooned it over the bar from close range. At the other end Binfield rumbled an awkwardly bouncing shot from Billy Bell but no Horsham forward was on hand to take advantage.
Stones then had a shot blocked and allowed Binfield to smother another breakthrough when it looked as though a simple cut-back would have brought a goal. The final goal came from a mistake from Etheridge. After hurling himself through the air to make a great save from inside-left Mick Brown, he inexplicably tried to clear the ball through an opposing player. The ball rebounded into the air and Peter Ford jumped high to head it home.
Horsham Line up
Keith Etheridge, Keith Inglis, Clive Jackson, Ken Awcock, Ian Booth, John Grant, Tony Stones, Billy Bell, Richard Hounsome, Colin Penticost, Roger Weekes.