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On a day when strike-partner Papiss Cisse's fortune took a turn for the worse when he squandered a penalty chance, Ba produced a finish worthy of Hatem Ben Arfa's slide-rule pass to claim just a second Premier League victory of the season.
Gillingham assumed almost total control, and it was no surprise when they sealed a comfortable victory seven minutes from time, Danny Kedwell's slide-rule pass finished off by Chris Whelpdale.
Rangers made it two on 53 minutes as midfielder Russell played a slide-rule pass to Davie Smith who rifled it past Stephen Mather.
Mike Jones had the Shakers ahead once more just seconds after the break, blasting Steven Schumacher's slide-rule pass beyond David Grof.
Minutes later, Castlerahan were left facing into a 0-2 to 2-3 deficit after a slide-rule pass from Gaels' playmaker Micheal Lyng placed the unmarked Martin Dunne for a brillant goal.
SLIDE-RULE enthusiasts from around the world will be descending on a hotel in Leamington next month to celebrate the usefulness of the calculating device invented more than 350 years ago.
Didn't anyone notice his brlliant first-touch, slide-rule pass to Zarate to set him up for his second goal?
A slide-rule pass from Trouten put Stuart Kettlewell through to pick his spot.
GRESFORD, narrowly pipped by Sunny Rhyl in a slide-rule finish for runners-up spot in Division One of the Welsh Counties League after finishing level on points in the final table, still ended the season with a trophy by edging out fancied Beaumaris by seven points in a thrilling Consolation Cup final at neutral Denbigh, writes Mike McEvoy.
Visiting striker Lee Trundle stung keeper Jason Brown's palms with a fierce volley and was in the thick of the action again when played in by Andy Robinson's slide-rule pass, but Brown got down to save well.
Major American investors look set to run the slide-rule over Birmingham after the giant Mipim conference in Cannes, city council leader Mike Whitby has said.
Handicapping National Hunt horses is less of a slide-rule science than for Flat racing.