On a trip down from Nottingham to home, via Guildford, my father and I
decided we would see if our local team Slough Town were playing at home this
weekend. So arriving at the ground 4 minutes before kick-off we saw
6 people and a car heading into the car park. Obviously a match was on.
Standing on the terrace with a cup of luke warm coffee, just in time to
see the teams run out, we waited for the match to start. The teams changed
ends and so the supporters of both teams also did the same, wanting to stand
behind the oppositions goal.
The first half was pretty boring for me with Macclesfield
hitting our post and forcing our keeper into an amazing save. He
must be the shortest keeper I have ever seen.
A fight between our right back and the oppositions number 7
looked a certainty but it never happened. Unfortunately Macclesfield
lost a player who had to be stretchered off to a very amusing
siren sound coming from the crowd.
After half time and having to perform a save myself, to avoid the
ball colliding with my face a noticed a familar sight. Perry Groves was
running up and down the touchline! At least someone who looked
Finally however the deadlock was broken in the 55th minute
when the ball came over and Alan Pluckrose sent an unstoppable
header past his own keeper (1-0 to Macclesfield, or the silkmen as they
are also called).
Suddenly Slough came to life and after 2 minutes and a third
good shot on target, this one a powerful strike from 15 yards from
Admittedly a draw now looked a certainty. But on came Perry
the left back and started doing throw ins into the penalty area
(must have been him).
Eventually Mark Friore repeated Friels goal almost exactly
and Slough ended up 2-1 winners.
With Wycombe Wanderers only drawing this leaves Slough
second in the GM Vauxhall Conference, 10 points behind Wycombe
with 3 games in hand. Could we see Slough in the Third Division
next year? Hope so it could mean they will finally get a
Slough Town 2 Macclesfield Town 1
Friel 57 Pluckrose (og) 55
"Back to Highbury next weekend to see the North Bank mural."