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Sat Sep 21
15:00

Match day

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

Slough lack goal power

| League
Sutton United
Joyce (21, 75), Turl o.g. (77)
3 - 1
Slough Town
Russell (27)
Dave Russell
SLOUGH TOWN'S awful record at Gander Green Lane continued on Saturday when Sutton United won predictably enough to leave the Wexham Park club empty handed.

The scoreline, however, even Sutton enthusiasts will agree was ridiculous, for with the white shirted Slough players looking a far better footballing side under the dim lights of Sutton they should have won handsomely, and taken the points away with them.

There is little wrong with Slough's attacking play until the goalposts confront the strikers, and the sight of them apparently terrifies the team so much that they don't know what to do. Peter Feely with 10 goals this season was not playing and so Micky Kiely and Paul Lee with seven between them since the season started comprised Slough's attacking force.

Neither of them has scored in a league match since October! Small wonder that the club with 18 goals in 23 games are languishing at the foot of the table.

Despite playing some reasonable football it was not surprising when the "Rebels" found themselves behind after the visitors first concerted attack - that is something taken for granted these days, and it came in the 21st minute.

Gavin Fraser found space and as his shot cannoned off the post, Micky Joyce shot past the wrong footed Teale.

Slough equalised six minutes later when Lee laid the ball back to Russell whose powerful shot Collyer could only stand and admire.

Sutton restarted the second half with a bang and Teale saved brilliantly from Fraser while Keith Waldron skimmed the bar from close range.

Slough gradually got on top and a clever centre from Barrie Friend was missed by both Kiely and Lee with the Sutton defence nowhere. Dave Russell, rushing through from midfield, became Slough’s most dangerous raider, no doubt revelling in the fact that he is now the club's top scorer with 11 goals.

Sutton substituted Rogers for Waldron and then came the final quarter of an hour that was to swing the game cruelly away from Slough.

In the 75th minute Russell, running through, fired in a blockbuster that Collyer stopped somehow with his body - and from the clearance a through pass found Joyce, and his mishit shot rolled out of Teale's reach into the net.

Two minutes later Southam hit the ball across from the left where it hit Turl and bounced into the net.

The remainder of the game was entirely Slough's and with any sharpness to front of goal they could still have salvaged a point. However, as the loyal and good humoured supporters say: "Our strikers are still on strike," and it seems that this is the area that Arpino will have to strengthen at Yeovil if there is to be any hope of success.

Sutton United Line up

Collyer, A. Rains, Green, J. Rains, Dyer, Waldron (Rogers 70), Fraser, Pritchard, Joyce, Southam, Woffinden, Rogers.

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