Slough look to get back into the fast lane

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When you lose your opening two games for the first time ever you might expect panic but not if you are the defending Premier champions, Slough, writes Bill Colwill.

Lesley Hobley, their captain, knows that today's game away to Balsam Leicester is one they must win. "We know we are a good side and we will turn it round. There is no panic. The League is a marathon - not a sprint."

Slough have been handicapped this season with injuries to the strikers Mandy Nicholls and Anna Bennett and will be hoping that both, along with Karen Brown, will have survived this week's Great Britain training without further trouble. Leicester's Lucy Cope is unlikely to play today.

England's Tina Cullen and Wales's Yana Williams will hope to continue their goalscoring of the first two games when Hightown play Clifton. Both clubs are on maximum points. Clifton, after their splendid form and 2- 1 win at Slough last week, will be looking for their first league victory against the northern club.

In the First Division, Trojans, with nine goals in their first two games, should beat Bradford Swithenbank, who make the long trip to Southampton.