Blown off course

Slough Town

Slough Town

Russell (38), Young (80)
Wantage Town

Wantage Town

B&B Senior Cup Eric Young
SLOUGH Town supporters who expected their side to have a goal feast against Wantage Town in the first round of the Berks & Bucks Cup on Saturday left Wexham Park disappointed, as the Rebels struggled to overcome their Hellenic League opponents.

As is so often the case in these kind of matches, Wantage played well above themselves while Slough produced probably their worst performance of the season and contributed little to a disappointing game, which was ruined as a spectacle by the windy conditions.

Throughout the match Slough struggled to find any real pattern of play, and it was not until 10 minutes from time that an Eric Young header finally killed off Wantage's courageous fight. On several occasions Wantage came close to scoring, and always looked capable of producing a shock result, especially as Slough failed to turn their domination into goals.

The first 10 minutes saw Slough mount a series of attacks on the Wantage goal, and on several occasions it was more luck than judgment that prevented the Rebels from scoring. From one of these attacks a header from Young was cleared off the line.

After 15 minutes Slough almost presented Wantage with a shock lead. A poor back pass from Young gave Chris Daley a good opportunity, but he shot over from five yards. It always looked just a matter of time before Slough would score, and Micky Kiely and Eggie James both saw chances finish just wide.
Prompted by the impressive Peter Lee in midfield, the longer the game developed the more confident Wantage grew and after 31 minutes Richard Teale had to save smartly from Tony O'Donovan.

However Slough finally scored after 38 minutes. Following a ball from Pat Morrissey, Kiely set Russell clear of the Wantage defence and he ran on to put the ball past Malcolm Evans.

Minutes later Russell almost added a second, but Evans moved smartly to foil him, and then the Wantage 'keeper saved when Micky O'Sullivan found himself clean through after a superb defence splitting pass from Morrissey.

Despite dominating most of the second half there was always the chance that while Slough failed to increase their lead, Wantage could always score a shock equaliser. However after James had seen three good chances wasted, the Rebels finally settled the tie with 10 minutes left. A corner on the right from Russell was met and firmly headed home by Young.

It is doubtful whether the Rebels will play as badly again this season, and to complete a disappointing afternoon O'Sullivan was booked after 46 minutes for retaliation. In the second round Slough are away to Hellenic League, Premier Division side Newbury.

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