Boss sees Pye 'n crash

Kettering Town

Kettering Town

May (18)
Slough Town

Slough Town

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Manager Brian McDermott did not see Slough Town FC crash out of the Spalding Challenge Cup on Tuesday night when they lost to Kettering Town. Instead he was watching Mark Pye play in a reserves match against Windsor and Eton.

The manager has arranged a number of other fitness-testing games for the player and there are hopes Pye will return to the side after being out with injury problems for nearly nine months.

Pye also played the second half for the reserves in a tight match against Carshalton Athletic on Saturday, when Slough won 4-3. Club secretary Dave Stanley said: "Mark is coming back after a very long injury. He came through the match alright but will need to play a few more reserve matches before he is back to full fitness."

The Express understands a match against Egham is one of those in that planned recovery programme

On Tuesday night, Slough Town lost 1-0 away to mid-table Kettering Town. The game started very brightly. Owusu had a great chance after five minutes when he headed in a corner and it was kicked off the line. Kettering then took over the reins for the remaining part of the first half. much to the delight of the 700-strong home crowd.

They scored after just 18 minutes through Leroy May, when the ball came in from a corner, hit the back of his head and went into the net.

Even without a half-time pep-talk from their absent manager, Slough Town roared back into the second half and dominated at least three-quarters of the play.

Again Owusu tested the Kettering defence and five minutes from the end, turned and hooked the ball against the bar.

Slough can find some solace in the knock-back — they were without injured regulars Gary Abbott and Gary Blackford and had a very young side. With Smith and Owusu, and subs Eaton and Mernagh coming on in the second half, Slough had four players on the pitch who played in the youth side last year.

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