Slough were superior to the Sussex side in every department of the game; they looked fitter, faster and were far superior finishers. They created space, called for the ball and made excellent use of it when they got it.
Yet Horsham started brightly and Dave Collyer was unlucky not to score soon after the start but the visitors were quickly put on the defensive and rarely came off it. Twice only the quick-wittedness of centre-half Brian Riggs saved them as Keith Etheridge was left stranded out of his goal before inside-right Bernie Gogan steered the ball past the defender and the goalkeeper into the corner of the net.
Collyer somehow lofted the ball over the empty goal in Slough‘s only defensive misunderstanding before Geoff Crowther slammed the ball just wide of his own net as Gogan threatened again.
Right-winger Reardon stretched Slough‘s lead after neatly beating two defenders before slamming the ball past the helpless Etheridge but Horsham continued to misfire and when Roger Weekes combined well with Collyer to set up a chance for right-winger Roy Jackson, the ball ballooned over the bar after his shot was deflected off a home defender.
It looked as though Horsham might finally stage a revival when Collyer headed home a cross from Mick Browning but Slough burst straight back and Crowther was forced to handle Lowen’s shot with Etheridge beaten, Reardon making no mistake in scoring the home side’s third from the penalty spot.
Slough left-winger Hay then went close to scoring on three occasions before he finally found the back of the net. There was a touch of luck about the strike as the whole Horsham defence stood waiting for the obvious offside decision to be given but the whistle did not blow and Lowen centred for Hay to net an easy opening.
Now well on top, the home side threatened to over-run the goal but the Horsham defence managed to hold out until Lowen fired in a shot through a crowd of players in the penalty area just before the final whistle blew.
Horsham Line up
Keith Etheridge, Geoff Crowther, Ian Booth, Ray Dowse, Brian Riggs, Ron Davis, Roy Jackson, Don Cocozza, Mick Browning, Dave Collyer, Roger Weekes.