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The Vanarama National League South

Slough Held To Draw As Chances Missed

| League
Att: 636
Fraser (68)
1 - 1
Slough Town
Johnson (67, pen)
Gary Dodd
If Slough are to maintain contact with the leading clubs at the top of the Vauxhall League they must learn to take their chances.

The Rebels squandered enough chances to have left Hayes with all three points on Saturday instead of the one they finally settled for. 'We are going to give some side a real hammering when we put all our chances away," warned manager Alan Davies.

Bobby Dell was guilty of the worst miss when he scooped a shot over the bar from less than six-yards in the 22nd minute following some excellent work from Steve Thompson.

Fears that the season is falling into the same pattern as the last — when missed opportunities probably cost Slough promotion — were dismissed by Davies. "Last year we would probably have lost a match like this, but we have added a bit of steel this time round," he said.

"I thought that the team worked hard and played some good football. We dominated the second-half and I couldn't really see them scoring."

The fact that they did was due entirely to an unfortunate lapse in concentration by Jeff Bateman who slipped at a vital moment.

The Rebels had taken the lead in the 67th minute when Robbie Johnson drove home his sixth penalty of the season after Hayes keeper Paul Hyde had grappled Tony Dell to the ground.
Slough were still celebrating this when Bateman's mistake allowed Darren Seabrook to drive in a low cross which found Neil Fraser. The Hayes striker slipped his marker and drilled the equaliser past Trevor Bunting.

The dangerous Fraser came close to scoring a second three times during the last 17 minutes — shooting straight at Bunting, clipping the outside of the post from 20-yards and rolling an effort along the line and just wide.

Defeat would have been an injustice for the Rebels, though. Despite a nervous last quarter, they dominated the match and the tricky Thompson was always a threat to the Hayes rearguard which wasn't above resorting to tactics that weren't always within the laws.

In a match that simmered just below the boil, Hayes' Roy Marshall, Andy Taylor, Alan Arden and Steve Emmanuel were all cautioned along with Slough's Tony Dell, his fourth booking of the season.

Transfer-listed midfielder Gary Dodd was the most impressive player on view, enjoying one of his best matches since signing for the Rebels over two years ago.

Davies made it clear that Dodd does figure in his future plans, although he was quick to point out that he can't guarantee the lanky midfielder a place in the first-team. "It's up to all the players to make sure that they play so well I can't drop them." he said.

Hayes Line up

Hyde, Court, Taylor, Arden, Leather, Barrowcliff, Emmanuel, Marshall, Seabrook, Fraser, Walton. Subs: Smale, Whiskey.


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