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The Vanarama National League South
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Barry a real box of tricks

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Slough Town
Lee (26), Metcalfe (35, 68)
3 - 1
Kingstonian
Samoth (65)
Barry Metcalfe
The gulf between Slough Town and an appalling Kingstonian side on Saturday was so great that a 3-1 scoreline totally failed to reflect the home team's superiority in a one-sided Isthmian League match.

Although Paul Lee hit the post early on, Slough got off to a slow beginning in which they seemed to be affected by their previous indifferent performances against Leatherhead and Tooting but once they had settled they dominated Kingstonian in every part of the game.

Spurred on by the efforts of the industrious Ian Cooke in midfield and the lively Paul Lee in attack, Slough got into a steady rhythm and completely dominated the middle of the park despite the absence of Barry Friend.

Barry Metcalfe also made an important contribution, laying on one goal and scoring the other two. Metcalfe, signed from Didcot last season, gives the appearance of being slow and uncertain but he can be lethal in the penalty area. In the 26th minute Metcalfe picked up a pass from Gane and accelerated down the right of the Kingstonian penalty area, beating two players, before presenting Lee with the simple task of firing the ball home.

The goal seemed to bring Slough to life and soon afterwards Lee turned brilliantly on the edge of the area, only to see his shot well saved by ex-Slough keeper Graham Roope, the England cricketer.

Two minutes later Feely headed over after a corner from the right, and then two incisive passes by Cooke and Feely let Russell in for a shot which was saved by Roope.

With 35 minutes gone, Slough's pressure paid off. Metcalfe picked up a loose ball and after a quick interchange of passes with Lee, the burly Metcalfe held off a challenge to hammer a fierce shot into the right corner of the net.

Slough started the second half as they finished the first and in the 47th minute Lee should have scored after being put through by Metcalfe. Two minutes later a corner from Gane was headed in by Feely, only for a free-kick to be awarded to Kingstonian.

For a short period Slough tended to relax and were made to pay for it. In the 60th minute Kingstonian nearly scrambled in a goal after a mistake by Beyer, but they made no mistake five minutes later.

Samoth, the only effective visiting forward, was left unmarked in the centre of the penalty area and volleyed a curling shot past Teale.

After some harsh words from the bench, Slough woke up and within a couple of minutes they scored. Gane's corner was headed on by Feely and Metcalfe stole between two defenders to slot the ball home.

Kingstonian Line up

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