The Autumn sun disappeared in a shroud of Slough fog, and a lack of clear sign posting did not help to focus on the task ahead. The crowd sensed there was a challenge ahead as Slough took the initiative in the early stages and controlled the midfield battle. Hardman and Murray held firm but were unable to find clear passing opportunities as the Hawks shape look disjointed.
In a 10 minute spell, and against the run of play, Warner and Honeyman crashed the ball through midfield and the pace of Sunderland and Graham put Slough on the back foot, Sunderland opened the defence with his pace and linked with Graham who finished well and then created a chance for Byles to slide the ball home to make it 2-0.
Slough then lacked confidence and Hawks finally began to move the ball around with Ferguson, Maslen and de Reuver finding space and more importantly the Hawks forwards. However it was Slough who struck to make it 2-1.
The second half saw the midfield pf Nesbitt, Fergusson and Honeyman take control and Warner began to find space in the channels.
The game was secured by 2 excellent goals by Johnnie Sunderland with a reply from Slough .Louis Clarkson maintained a solid defence and the back four of Warner, Hardman, Grainge and Payton could watch and appreciate the last and best of the goals.
A flowing move down the right saw Ferguson, Honeyman and Maslen link superbly and when the ball was drilled into the danger zone a superb first time shot by Sunderland into the roof of the net left the strong Slough keeper with no chance.
Despite the disappearance of the Sun the crowd were kept warm by the hot hockey played in spells by Hawks. If this can be applied for longer periods the season promises to be fun.