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The Vanarama National League South

Slough Win In Extra Time

Slough Town

Slough Town

Glover (1-1), Norris (2-1, 3-1)
Maidenhead United

Maidenhead United

Money (0-1)
B&B Senior Cup Attendance: 3000 Unknown
Considerable interest was taken in the meeting of Maidenhead United and Slough in the replayed Berks and Bucks Cup-tie, rendered necessary, by the inclusion of Dale (ineligible) in the Slough team when the first game was played at Slough earlier in the season.

For Saturdey's game, however, Maidenhead experienced considerable difficulty in raising a team, owing to several of the regular eleven not being qualified by birth or residence, and it was found necessary to call in the services of T. Gregory, who used to perform so capably at back in the days before the war ; while Eaton was brought into the half-back line. Changes were also made among the forwards, and Tubb (making an appearance for the first time since his injury) was seen in the very unusual position of centre forward, and H. Cook was again called on for the outside left position.

Slough had to make several changes, but were lucky to have some strong players to call on. A record crowd, numbering well over 3,000, gathered to witness the game, and the Comrades' Baud played some excellent selections.

Winning the toss, Maidenhead gave Slough the handicap of facing a strong sun, and attacked the Canal goal. The first danger threatened was by Slough, as the result of some good work by Glover, this being eventually spoilt by Baldwin getting offside. Richards broke up a Slough attack and set Tubb going, and a neat pass to Clarke was in turn sent across to Spratley, who ran in and scored with a terrific drive, which Money touched but could not prevent from entering the net.

Just after Spratley got through again, but was stopped in the nick of time, and the Slough right wing got away, Johnson putting in a lovely shot without beating Care. Tubb transferred the play and put W. Cook through, but McConnell gave a
corner, which was cleared. Slough's lively right wing pair took the play to the Maidenhead goal, and Johnson's shot forced P. Care to give a corner, from which Norris headed the ball against the bar, and a second corner was cleared. A fine shot from Lamas forced Care to concede another corner, but eventually W. Cook got going and centred, Gallop miskicked and let in Tubb who made a glaring blunder when he put by with the goal at his mercy.

Spratley made a valiant attempt to score with a splendid shot, from which Money effected a smart clearance. A spell of pressing by Slough resulted in three corners being forced, and Norris just missed from one of these while P. Care was prominent with one or two good saves.

Clarke and H. Cook broke away at length and some good passing by the Maidenhead forwards was seen, and a corner was forced, and H. Cook missed by inches with a ground shot. Tubb also missed the mark after the left wlng had given him
an opening, Slough got in a lot of useful work, and rained' shots at Care, who was in splendid form, but one shot from Glover bit an upright when a goal looked certain.

Money was penalised for carrying in a Maidenhead attack, and the free kick was scrambled away, Maidenhead meanwhile making a confident appeal for a penalty for hands against McConnell, which wee not given. At the other end Grant had a good opening but overran the ball and the chance was missed.

Slough pressed hotly on resuming and Norris soon had a fine chance, which he missed, but just after got in a hot shot, C. Care giving a corner which was put behind. Two more corners were forced, and then W. Cook got in a nice run on the
Maidenhead right, ending with a shot which Stoney fumbled, but with no forwards up the ball was cleared.

Some anxious moments around the Maidenhead goal were relieved for a time, until a line drop shot went in by Glover; P. Care punched the ball up and it fell into his hands again, and in trying to turn it round the post he had the misfortune to put it in the net.

After further pressure by Slough, in which Glover, Johnson and Grant were particularly prominent, Spratley got in some fine work and put out to Cook, who centred, and Tubb shot. The ball, crossed the line, but Money hurriedly scrambled it out, and Maidenhead's appeals for a goal were ignored by Mr. Newman, who gave a corner kick, and this was cleared.

Later, C. Care broke up an attack, and put Tubb clean through, but with only Money to beat Tubb badly missed. A free kick close in was taken by C. Care, and his shot was dropped by Money. Spratley eventually putting by. Time was called with the score Maidenhead 1, Slough 1.

An extra half-hour was started, the teams crossing over. Spratley made a dash for goal, but was stopped by McConnell. Slough attacked on the right, and Glover swung the ball across, where Norris put grand shot which beat Care all the

A good effort by Clarke and H. Cook, and a centre from the latter, gave W. Cook a good opening, but he hesitated, and Gallop cleared. At the other end. Slough troubled P. Care a lot, and shots from Grant, Norris and Baldwin were got away.

Spratley nearly equalised for Maidenhead when be breasted a ball from H. Cook inches past the post, and a corner to Maidenhead was scrambled away.

Slough had the better of the second quarter of an hour, and a combined movement between Grant and Baldwin enabled Norris to score again, end soon after a shot from Stewart bit an upright. Money made a good save from W. Cook in a home attack, but just before the finish Norris had an open goal from Grant's manouvres, but fell, and the ball was cleared.

Maidenhead United Lineup

P.M. Care; T. Gregory, C. Care, H. Hancock, A. Richards, G. Eaton, W. Cook, O. Spratley, S. Tubb, A. Clarke, H. Cook.


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