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Rebels Beaten In Extra Time

| B&B Senior Cup
Wycombe Wanderers
Carroll (91), Lambert (99)
2 - 1
Slough Town
Di Cioccio (119)
Tony Knight
Two goals in the first period of extra time finally proved decisive for Wycombe after the Rebels had matched them all the way through the 90 minutes of this Berks and Bucks Cup final.

But from the spectator view, this game was dire ... it was 85 minutes before either team had a clear attempt on goal. It was never going to be a classic particularly after the farce that surrounded this Final.

The Berks and Bucks FA had chosen the venue as Hungerford Town FC with poor playing surface, minimal spectator facilities, a long journey on jammed bank holiday roads and it all seemed an insult to the stature of both sides.

Steve Thomson and .Mark Mallinson were unavailable being replaced by Bobby Dell and Robbie Johnson.

The first half seemed tense, Tony Dell was booked early on for a foul on Mark West, and neither side came to terms with beating the full backs and working on the flanks.

Kerr for Wycombe, and Tony Knight for Slough were outstanding at the back with their speed and immaculate defending. Jeff Bateman played with strength in the middle, and the Conference side struggled to break down the defence, while at the other end Slough's ventures in, to the box were rare.

The referee didn't have the game under control from the start and some rash challenges were unpunished - he didn't seem to have the ability necessary for this standard of football.

Wycombe started the brighter of the two in the second half moving the ball around neatly, but still unable to break down a solid defence. Dave Carroll troubled Slough with his pace, but the Rebels pushed forward resolutely without penetration.

The first piece of goalmouth action came when Trevor Bunting tipped over West's header on 85 minutes, and then it was extra - time.

With 91 minutes played, Wycombe took the lead with Slough looking for offside, Carroll unmarked to head home Stapleton's cross.

Eight minutes later Durham found himself in space on the right and fired the ball in where Lambert finished.

Slough had brought on both substitutes, Micky Creighton and Dominic Di Cioccio for Rake and Langley, and it was Di Cioccio on his debut who gave some cheer. In the final moments, Creighton's corner found Di Cioccio at the far post where he unleashed a thundering volley into the top corner - a goal to remember.

Afterwards Slough boss Alan Davies was full of praise for his men: "We gave a good account of ourselves. I thought we were the better side in the first half but we found it hard to break them down. You also have to say thanks to the supporters who outshouted Wycombe and made us feel like we were playing at home."

Wycombe Wanderers Line up

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