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Date: Tuesday, February 14th 1978 | Competition: B&B Senior Cup | Attendance: TBC

Man Of Match: Roger Mackay

Wycombe Wanderers manager John Reardon, who has had to endure plenty of leg pulling from his neighbours in Bentley Road, Cippenham, in previous years when Wycombe have been humbled by Slough, was delighted to see his team master the Berks and Bucks Cup holders in Tuesday's quarter final.

He said afterwards: "When I was assistant manager to Brian Lee we met with plenty of success yet always seemed to lose to Slough. In fact we have lost to them in seven of the last 10 encounters. But since I have been manager we have beaten them three times and lost only once.

"On the night we were the much better side. Slough looked like a collection of individualists and failed to play as a team."

John, who revealed that he and his brother Terry - the Slough captain - had almost missed the match because their father was seriously ill, added that his biggest scare came when referee E. Tilley went to the touch line in the second half.

John explained: "I thought he was going to abandon the match because of the bone hard pitch - but he was actually getting treatment for cramp."

Slough's best spell came in the first 20 minutes. Right back Roger Mackay fired them ahead with a tremendous shot from the edge of the penalty area after a Friend corner had been only partly cleared in the sixth minute.

Lee then went within inches of making it 2-0 but Wycombe equalised in the 21st minute when MacKenzie had a shot deflected past keeper Porter.

Kennedy then hit the bar before giving Wycombe the lead one minute from the interval. Priestley put him clean through and, with Slough waiting for an off-side whistle that never came, he lobbed the ball over Porter.

In the 60th minute Holifield went around Porter to cross for veteran Tony Horseman to make it 3-1 and Kennedy completed the scoring following good work by Birdseye and Holifield.

So it was a sad night for Slough who had tried unsuccessfully to stage the tie on four previous occasions. But it was a perfect ending for John Reardon, especially as Wycombe have an away semi final on Saturday against Chesham, the club he took to the Amateur Cup final in 1968.




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