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Maids Overcome Slough By Single Goal

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Maidenhead United
Rackstraw (40)
1 - 0
Slough Town
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In perfect football weather, Maidenhead defeated Slough by 1 goal to nil in Kidwell's Park on Saturday, and gained two valuable G.W.S. League points. This was the third meeting of the teams this season, and honours are now even, with a win each and one drawn game, the latter in the G.W.S. League at Slough, when the score was 2 all, Slough's win being in the Amateur Cup, at Slough, by 2-1.

The crowd on Saturday was a record for a league game in Kidwell's Park this season, and contained a large following of Slough supporters. who did not fail to make themselves heard. The Town Band, 22 strong, was in attendance and played before the game and during the interval. A very fast and exciting game took place.

Blay won the toss, and Maidenhead played for the Market-street goal with a strong sun behind them. Slough at once attacked, and in the first minute Care had to save from Sherwood. Marcham transferred the play by means of a brilliant run, and sent across a nine centre, which Cook banged in, only to see Wood fist his shot out.

Slough next got in some good work and Johnson put in a hot shot for Care to field, but the ball hung near the Maidenhead goal till offside relieved.

Clarke, from a goal-kick, worked through and tested Wood, and just after, following a free-kick, Wood saved at full length from Pearce, and the ball was taken up the fold by some good passing Norris shooting well, and Care saving at the expense of a corner, which Johnson put behind.

Play proceeded at a great pace and each defence, though worked very hard, was equal to all occasions. After Sherwood had headed by from a corner, Pearce got in one of his well-known solo efforts, and Wood made a brilliant save by running out and smothering his shot. Judd returned the ball just over the bar.

An exciting scrimmage in the Maidenhead goal, in which heads were prominent, and which was very dangerous, ended when Grant shot by, and the same player's centre led to another exciting tussle, till the ball went behind.

When Clarke fouled Walker close in, Slough bad a good scoring chance, but eventually Care saved Norris's header, and Maidenhead worked down the field by a series of throws-in. From one of those, Rackstraw received the ball and from quite 25 yards he sent in a lovely drop shot. Wood got to the ball, but it rolled off his hands and into the net, and Maidenhead took the lead after 40 minutes' play.

The full lunged cheers from the Maidonians on this success must have been heard all over the town. Soon after this, Norris appeared to have a chance to equalise, but he shot very weakly, and at the other end Cook hit the side of the net with a hard drive from Marcham's centre. At half time, Maidenhead led by 1 goal to nil.

On resuming. Maidenhead had a lucky let-off in the first two minutes, when, from Grant's accurate centre, Sherwood caused Care to concede a corner, and the danger was only averted after another corner. Slough pressed very hard and Care had to run out to clear from Norris, while a moment later Blay relieved with a huge kick, but Payne returned the ball and missed scoring by inches.

Maidenhead took a share of the attack, and a neat pass from Clarke set Pearce going, and after beating the defence Pearce shot weakly across the goal with Wood out; Judd obtained possession, and with a good opening hesitated, and Gallop cleared.

A little later a centre from Marcham fell in the goalmouth and both Pearce and Clarke missed a golden opportunity to score by hesitating. Grant was very dangerous on several occasions, and from one of his runs Care saved at the expense of a corner, which did not materialise.

Shortly after, Norris was seen to advantage, and working in the shot well, without beating Care. By a solo effort Marcham transferred play and forced a corner, but nothing came of this, though Clarke got through and Wood bad to go full length to save his shot. Burden was a source of strength to Slough and his strong kicking enabled the forwards to make many dangerous
raids, and some good combination was seen, but the Maidenhead defence triumphed, though Norris almost scored on one occasion. Tubb was hurt and was off the field for a minute or two.

Maidenhead should have had another goal just before the finish when Clarke and Pearce were both well placed, but muffed the ball between them and the opportunity was lost. No further scoring took place and Maidenhead left the field with a 1 — 0 victory.

Maidenhead United Line up

P. M. Care, V. Blay, C. D. Care, A. Richards, E. Rackstraw, J. Tubb, W. Cook, Judd, E. V. Pearce, A. J. Clarke, F. Marcham.

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