Victory Under A Cloud

Slough Town

Slough Town

Stanley (43,52), Thompson (57), Bateman (4-0)


League Attendance: 456 Jeff Bateman
An atmosphere of shock pervaded throughout this Vauxhall Opel Premier Division match in the wake of last week's Hillsborough tragedy.

Slough quietly beat Hendon and walked off with three points to stake an even better claim for third place in the table.

The public address system was silent without the pre-match music and the game kicked off at seven minutes past three after a minute's silence in remembrance of the victims.

Neither team really got into the game at the outset and Slough suffered a set-back as Rake was taken off injured after only eleven minutes.

Hendon took the initiative as the half wore on and held the upper hand territorially and after going wide twice, were stopped from taking the lead when Lester saved Tate's header.

Slough began to get back into the game with Thompson and Stanley troubling the Hendon centre backs and consequently the two Hendon men found themselves in the book for poor challenges.

Stanley hit the post after good work from Thompson and minutes later Lester superbly tipped Scott"s free kick over the bar, before Slough took the lead.

Dodd released Thompson who ran through and squared for Stanley to place the ball in the back of the net, two minutes before half time.

After the break, Slough came out looking stronger and in the fifty-second minute they went two up.

Dodd controlled the ball on the edge of the Hendon penalty area and passed to Thompson, who flicked it into the path of Stanley for him to notch up his twenty third goal of the season.

Hendon seemed to collapse after this goal and Slough became rampant, finding space all over pitch and a rout looked on the cards. Root knocked the ball out for a corner after Thompson had headed goalwards from Adams' neat cross and Slough continually pushed forward looking dangerous each time.

After fifty-seven minutes Thompson put the Rebels three up when he ran through and rounded Hendon 'keeper Root to plant the ball home, leaving a bewildered defence in his wake.

Slough's Waites and Hendon's Henry both had their names taken after an off the ball scuffle as the Slough players began to get irritated by Hendon's rather physical tactics.

Lester saved well from Scott before Bateman hit Slough's fourth, volleying in Adams' corner and Adams found himself in the book after a late challenge on Root just before the final whistle.

Hendon Lineup


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