What A Struggle!

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Slough Town

Brown (53), Waites (71)


Butcher (43)
AC Delco Cup Attendance: 465 Paul Waites
A team purporting to be the same which demolished high-flying Premier Division Hendon just 72 hours earlier, huffed and puffed their way into the AC Delco Cup second round on Tuesday night.

Wexham Park's biggest crowd of the season no doubt enticed by a repeat of Saturday's demolition job were treated to an outstandingly appalling first 45 minutes from the Rebels. And though Slough fought back to win from behind after the break, the fare then wasn't that much more appetising, either. Manager Alan Davies stuck with a winning side, but watched his troops slump to the Hertfordshire side's Vauxhall Opel League Division Two level with a first half showing which must have left] those not at Claremont Road on Saturday wondering just how they did it.

Jimmy Brown missed a good chance in the fourth minute and had that gone in, a cricket score would have been on the cards against plucky, but poor opposition. As it was, they didn't create anything else that might have produced a goal until Ware took the lead in the 43rd minute. Gillard raced onto a long. pass and after cutting in from the right flank, his cross - it was surely no more than that - took a wicked deflection off Tony Knight and Paddy Butcher added the final touch just as it was crossing the line.

After a half-time ear-bending, Slough awoke from their lethargy to equalise in the 53rd minute. Waites' corner was helped on by White and Jimmy Brown was on the spot to knock in his eighth goal from nine full appearances this term. Despite the midfield not having half the potency it had at Hendon, Ware now began to look frail even though they were hardly put under any great pressure. - And their cup dream was ended by a tremendous Paul Waites effort 19 minutes from time. Again White was the provider - he touched it on for the game's brightest performer to pivot and hit a superb cross-shot home from 15 yards.

Ware had neither the skill nor imagination to threaten the Rebels thereafter, but it was certainly a night when Slough could easily have been embarrassed by a team from their own division. Manager Alan Davies admitted: " The first half wasn't very good at all and after a few words were said at half time, we played a lot better. Having said that, it still wasn't good, but the result was right in the end. " When you play teams in the lower division, you have to go out and match their effort and your skill will come through." It did but only just!

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