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The Vanarama National League South
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Att: 200
Staines Town
Unknown
0 - 3
Slough Town
Leat (15), Wilmot (65, 0-3)
Fred Wilmot
These teams met at Staines in their opening league match on Saturday, before an attendance of about 200 spectators.

The visitors pressed at the start, and Wright sent by from a good position. Staines got down and from a centre by Anscombe, Beater drove in the far shot which Werrell saved splendidly.

Faulty play by Shanks allowed Leat clear and through, but he sent the ball over, and from a nice centre by Denton, Jones performed similarly when but a couple of yards from goal.

An exciting melee ensued in front of the Staines goal, and during the temporary absence of Higgs, Leat opened the scoring with a beautiful shot, a quarter of an hour from the start.

And just after, the custodian dealt very smartly with a shot by Denton, but Young conceded a corner, which was taken by Jones, without result. Anscombe raced away only to be pulled up for offside.

On one occasion the Slough goal had a narrow escape when Werrell ran some distance out to save. Staines attacked strongly, and Werrell saved to ripping shots from Anscombe and Beater, whilst at the other end Higgins did likewise with a shot from Jones.

Denton was responsible for a good run which ended in a corner. Leat placed the leather well but it was cleared, and a second corner also proved abortive. After Werrell had safely negotiated the dropping shot from Anscombe, Slough obtained another corner. This was well taken by Jones, who dropped the ball right in the mouth of goal, but it was put out of danger. Just before the interval Harding beat Ware, Dennett rushed across prevented him shooting, and at half-time Slough led by goal to nil.

On crossing over Jones broke away, but was pulled up for offside. Following a bout of good passing between Jones and Wright, Leat had a good opportunity, which he nullified by erratic shooting.

Give-and-take play followed, and when Slough returned to the attack, shots were tried by Jones and Wilmot, both of which lacked judgement.

On the other hand Werrell was responsible for a brilliant shot which Higgs very cleverly saved. After about 20 minutes play Wilmot increased Slough's lead with a beautiful shot close in.

The visitors continue to have the best of the game, and Leat had hard lines with a pass by Denton, the leather striking the upright.

A corner for Slough brought no definite result, and then Wright got away in his anxiety overran the ball. Play ruled fairly even after this, and shots were tried by each set of forwards. Harding missing an easy chance of scoring for Staines.

Before the finish, however, visitors obtained a third goal through the agency of Wilmot, and retired winners by three goals to nil.

Staines Town Line up

Higgs, Shanks, Young, Pickard, Bavis, Edsor, Bolton, Page, Beater, Harding, Anscombe.

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