Slough saved by a second penalty

Slough Town

Slough Town

M. Doherty (66 pen)


League Attendance: 380
Slough Town reversed last season's result at Wexham Park on Tuesday evening when they sent Hayes crashing to their first defeat in the league this season.

On a wet evening that reduced the numbers of spectators to about 400 both sides had difficulty at first in adapting themselves to the unaccustomed conditions as the players slithered in all directions.

Despite a rather untidy start, the match soon settled down as both teams probed for clear openings that just did not seem to happen. Hayes, including old Slough favourites in Roy Davies and Micky Kiely, looked dangerous in the early stages, but the Slough defence which took such a battering the previous week from Worthing looked far more solid. Nevertheless, it took a fine save by Frank Parsons from Roy Davies to keep Hayes out following a free-kick.

With no score at half-time the Rebels had to do something in the second half that they have not previously achieved this season, and that was to score a goal at the Town end.

On the hour it seemed that Devon Petty, who had worked himself into a good position would score, but his shot skimmed past the post with Hyde beaten.

Five minutes later came the crucial point in the match when Micky Doherty, running clear of Paul Hyde, appeared to trip himself up. But the referee , Mr A.C. Williams, pointed to the "spot" to award a very dubious penalty.

Hyde, apparently moving early, saved Micky Doherty's penalty kick, the ball going for a corner.

From the corner, the ball appeared to strike Mark Harrison's hand, and as he cleared, a trip inside the penalty area saw Mr Williams award yet another penalty. This time Micky Doherty ran hard at the ball and thrashed it into the roof of the net, thus enabling him to put matters right just a minute after failing from the spot.

Slough continued to press and Henry Pacquette saw a well-placed shot just miss the far post. Shortly after this the striker was substituted by Dylan Evans, a strange move this as Pacquette had looked very effective going forward.

A good cross from Devon Petty was headed just over the bar by Gary Attrell with Paul Hyde looking well beaten, and with Micky Kiely looking very anonymous for Hayes, Slough held on comfortably without really looking likely to add to their tally.

Hayes Lineup


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