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Flackwell Heath (A)
Sat Sep 21
15:00

Match day

Team logo
Flackwell Heath (A)
Sat Sep 21 15:00
The Vanarama National League South
8th
18pts

Town given a lesson as ex-Rebel Key scores hat-trick

| League
Barking
Key (17, 29, pen 90), Ashford (69)
4 - 1
Slough Town
Makin o.g. (80)
Alan Gane
WITH most football matches played on 60 per cent of the available space, it is refreshing to find a team who will use the whole pitch and a lesson to many that the wider you stretch a defence the more chance you have of breaking it down. Slough Town learned this lesson to their cost at Barking on Saturday.

Using at times five players forward, Barking opened the Slough defence, and time and time again left wide gaps for their forwards to make scoring chances.

Slough started well with a strong wind at their backs, but as time progressed it was obvious that only a substantial interval lead could leave them in with a hope of getting the two points at stake.

In the 17th minute, Key, a lively, ex-Slough forward, gave Barking the lead when he collected a through pass from Burton to shoot past Teale.

Twelve minutes later the same player found the net from a rebound following a goalmouth incident.

The first half ended with little to comment upon other than the severe talking to, that referee Buksh gave Kiely for kicking the ball into the crowd when a decision went against him.

Slough opened the second half with confidence, but the Barking side, with the wind in their favour soon had the Town defence under pressure.

The referee at this point decided to stamp his mark on the game and booked Barking's Irenton and for some obscure reason soon afterwards Terry Reardon for a tackle which appeared to be nothing but fair.

In the 65th minute Slough substituted Lee for Kiely, and another booking came the home team's way when Waite's name went into the referee's book.

The best goal of the match came from Ashford who following a move which involved all the Barking team resulted in the number eleven slipping the ball past the Slough keeper.

Slough reduced the deficit in the 80th minute thanks to Makin who obligingly ran the ball into his own net!

Warnings from referee Buksh for Friend and Key were followed by a booking for Beyer.

Barking scored their fourth goal in the final minute when a penalty decision was given against the unfortunate Beyer, Key duly converting the spot kick.

On this form Barking must be favourites to take the premier championship from Enfield, their open, fast play being refreshing and effective.

Barking Line up

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