Both teams entered this match on the back of
impressive, if surprising, wins, and both needed to extend their
unbeaten runs to avoid falling back into the relegation scramble
after breaking poor runs.
Slough started off where they left off against
Bromley, and were unlucky not to take the lead in the first minute
when McCleary's shot hit the underside of the Harrow bar and down
onto the line before being cleared. The play was mostly Slough's for
the first 10 minutes, after which Harrow came much more into the
game. However in a rare Slough attack during the period of Harrow
dominance, a Ballard long throw was deftly headed on by Hodges (at
last someone on the near post!!), for Carbon to latch onto the loose
ball and score.
The rest of the half was lively but fairly even,
with Slough escaping a poor Masters clearance just before half time.
The ball was soon at the Harrow end, where a similar mistake was
punished by McCleary with an exquisite lob to make it 2-0 to Slough.
Ten minutes into the second half Harrow broke down
the right wing, got in a fine cross under pressure for Elliot Onochie
to score a superb glancing header. Before long Slough hit back (3-1)
courtesy of Leigh Mason who found the keeper out of position and
Slough's fourth came from a Hodges penalty after the
ref judged him perhaps harshly, to have been fouled. The see-saw
nature of the game continued as Harrow pulled one back (4-2) after
Cark Masters spilled a low cross, Elliot Onochie slotting in the
loose ball from a few yards.
The Harrow keeper had the final word in 'keeper
mistakes by spilling the softest of Hodges headers to trickle over
the line. 5-2 to Slough, a flattering score line perhaps, but the 3
points went to the right team, who were inspired by some lovely work
by McCleary. Its a pleasure to see him running with the ball, and
hopefully his confidence will continue to rub off on the rest of the