Henry's hole-in-one winner

Slough Town

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Pacquette (81)
Sutton United

Sutton United

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Big Henry Pacquette took just two minutes to achieve what no other player had looked remotely capable of in the previous 80 at Wexham Park on Saturday.

With Keith White's strong challenge unsettling Sutton in the penalty area, substitute Pacquette latched onto a loose ball and drove it firmly past Sutton 'keeper Dave Collyer from 15 yards to decide the match.

And even though the ball whizzed through a hole in the side of the net, there was no doubt that the goal was legitimate. Pacquette had been on the field for just two minutes, having replaced out-of-touch Dylan Evans in the 79th - and one can only wonder at his reaction when he was back on the bench for Tuesday night's dismal defeat at Clapton.

Before his arrival Slough had failed to trouble Collyer, whose only problems came from the crosses of Gary Attrell and Devon Petty, both of whom showed touches of admirable skill without really breaking through.

Slough were deserved winners- if only because they were prepared to attack - unlike Sutton who sat back content to draw until the closing minutes.

Even then they might have rescued a point, for Sutton forced five corners in the last four minutes and were howling for a penalty when Frank Parsons appeared to trip captain John Rains inside the box after fumbling a Steve Galloway centre.

The decision against the penalty wasn't a popular one among the angry Sutton fans, who had been jeering the Slough 'keeper from the moment he collided heavily with Nigel Golley midway through the first half.

In fact, Frank's jocular relationship with the Sutton fans was one of the brighter aspects of an otherwise dreary afternoon. Ever since Slough won the championship at Sutton in 1981, there has been a sense of occasion when these teams meet, but Saturday's stale encounter was a let-down to the 450 fans, though defender Steve Norman had one of his finest games at Wexham Park.

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