Penalty Woe For Slough



Rattray (6), Dennis (69, pen)
Slough Town

Slough Town

Hazel (58)
League Attendance: 2913 Ian Hazel
This was the tale of two penalties, one that was, one that wasn't - almost inevitably neither decision favoured Slough; but on this day the Cards of Woking held most of the aces and they deserved their win.

Slough, particularly in the first half, were a real disappointment and before the break created absolutely nothing to concern Woking and their audience of just under 3,000.

The crucial penalty decisions came with the score, if not the game, evenly balanced at 1-1. On 69 minutes Hancock was adjudged to have tripped Rattray. To many and certainly Ian Hazel and Alan Dowson it looked like Rattray had rather hurdled and fallen, looking for the spot kick.
Importantly referee Harris saw it as a foul and Lenny Dennis was more than equal to the demands of the penalty, tucking it inside the post.

Ten minutes later Slough felt aggrieved when their penalty appeals were ignored. Particularly so since Mr Harris admitted the infringement — a push by Tucker on Morrys Scott — but instead awarded a free kick on the edge of the area.

Scott when shoved did appear to be close to the penalty spot, well inside the area — on such decisions are games won and lost.

Town however can have few complaints.

They went behind after just six minutes. Lloyd Wye rose well to head firmly against Slough's crossbar, as everyone stood motionless, Kevin Rattray nipped in to poke the home side ahead.

All too often Slough were content to thump the ball aimlessly upfield and one felt sympathy for Fiore and Sayer who are noticeably more effective when the ball is played to feet.

Bunting kept his side in it when after failing to hold Walker's stinging fee kick he made a stunning reaction save to Dennis' follow up shot. He also did enough to put off Walker when the former Chelsea and Sunderland man was through on goal after Manning slipped.

Rattray wasted two further opportunities to double Woking's advantage before Slough, increasingly coming into things now, got back on level terms shortly before the hour.

Hancock's swinging corner was headed towards goal by Morrys Scott — one of the few headers be won all afternoon — and Ian Hazel finished the job off from five yards.

Hazel rarely figures on the scoresheet these days. and in his new central defensive position is even less likely to do so, but his defensive contribution was superb.

Woking's response was determined. Derek Brown, who was the best player on the field, forced Bunting into more acrobatics, with a fierce cross shot and from the corner Dennis should have done better than to head against the woodwork from close in.

It didn't prove a crucial miss, he later converted the controversial penalty and though Slough toiled they rarely threatened.

Quamina and Scott combined to bring a tidy save from Batty but a point would have been a present Slough scarcely deserved.

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