Rebels thrash ten-man Wokingham

Slough Town

Slough Town

O'Sullivan (10, 80), Morrissey (20), Kiely (50, 59), Reardon (70)
Wokingham Town

Wokingham Town

FA Trophy Terry Reardon
SLOUGH TOWN went goal crazy at Wexham Park on Saturday against a Wokingham side reduced to ten men within four minutes of the start in this FA Trophy third qualifying round match when Derek Cottrell was dramatically sent off.

Although this setback visibly reduced Wokingham's hopes of pulling off a shock victory over their Berkshire rivals, they found the Rebels in fine form as they ran up their biggest win this season. After a run of disappointing results, Slough produced the kind of display they are capable of, and completed it with six top class goals.

Within a minute of the match starting Micky O'Sullivan was booked for a foul on Cottrell - an incident which three minutes later led to the Wokingham player receiving his marching orders. Seeking his revenge, the Wokingham midfield player committed a bad foul on O'Sullivan near the half-way line.

The referee first showed Cottrell the yellow card and then after a short discussion sent him off.

Wokingham never really recovered from this blow, and six minutes later Slough were on their way to a comfortable victory. A superbly flighted free kick from Pat Morrissey over the top of the Wokingham defence was bundled over the line by O'Sullivan as he was challenged by David Cox.

Another free kick produced Slough's second goal after 20 minutes. Terry Reardon sent the ball over from the right and Morrissey, running in, headed superbly into the top of the net over the outstretched Andy Beales. Five minutes later Morrissey left the field after receiving a bad gash on the shin, which required hospital treatment. Steve Norman came on as substitute.

For a 15 minute spell Slough lost some of their early domination, as Wokingham created several chances with neat direct build ups. The best of these fell to former Slough player, Terry Brown, but with Richard Teale to beat, he shot wide.

The second half saw Slough in complete command as they ran riot on the Wokingham goal.

A superb cross from Barry Friend, on the left, to the far post gave Micky Kiely a simple header into an open net for goal number three. In the 14th minute good work by Dave Russell and Steve Norman ended with the latter’s shot being blocked by Beales. However Kiely was on hand to crash the rebound home into the roof of the net.

The biggest cheer of the afternoon came when Reardon scored a richly deserved goal after 25 minutes. Throughout the match he worked tirelessly in midfield, and when he latched onto a poor back pass and rounded Beales to score, it was the perfect ending to a tremendous individual performance.

Goal number six came ten minutes from time. Vic Akers caught the Wokingham defence square with a fine ball, which switched play from left to right, and O'Sullivan ran on to shoot past Beales. Just before this goal a shot from Phil Alexandra rattled the Slough crossbar in Wokingham's only chance of the half.

The match ended with Beales, who on numerous occasions prevented further Slough goals with brave goalkeeping, pushing an Akers effort over the bar after the Slough defender had combined with the effective Friend.

This was just the kind of Slough performance the spectators who braved the bitterly cold weather needed to warm them up, and there can be no complaints about six goals and the fine attacking football which the Rebels served up.

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