On a sunny day, Slough came out second
best against an organised, newly promoted Horsham side who
deservedly took all 3 points and gave Slough a lesson in teamwork.
There was little in it for the first 10
minutes until Horsham, moving the ball quickly and with the sort of
purpose Slough lack, returned the ball from wide, a flick on seeing
Brake swivel around Dell for a very good goal.
From then on Horsham had most of the
game, having a well taken goal disallowed for offside. Slough
responded with some decent breaks from McCleary, one of which
resulted in a header wide by Mason, who should really have done
better, but at half-time it was still 0-1.
Slough pressurised at the start of
the second half, McCleary breaking and passing for Odhiambo to slot
home, but this was disallowed for offside. Horsham were the ones to
increase their lead as Rook slotted home a rebounded shot.
Slough pulled a goal back from a
corner, Jarvis latching onto a far post header back to the near
side, but Horsham looked the more likely to score, and so it was
when Westcott somehow scored from what seemed to be a narrow angle
past Drake and 2 defenders. Slough huffed and puffed but Horsham
knew what they were doing, always looked the more likely to score,
and comfortably won 1-3.