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Mitchell's brace upsets opponents

Chesham United

Chesham United

Richardson (47), Mitchell (52, 3-1)
Slough Town

Slough Town

McKinnon (33)
B&B Senior Cup Attendance: 601 Paul McKinnon
Cup football history is littered with upsets. While this result doesn't compare with the many titanic David versus Goliath clashes down the years, it nevertheless raised a few eyebrows after Chesham marched into the semi finals of the Berks and Bucks Senior Cup.

Chesham, sixth in the Diadora League Premier Division last Saturday despite losing 3-0 at Carshalton, relished the challenge of meeting Conference club Slough. Although 1-0 down at half time, the Generals started the second half with cup passion so strong it scorched and then totally engulfed Slough.

Chesham forward Ian Mitchell might have been a malicious dragon as he fired in two superbly-executed goals to increase his goal tally this season to ten.

His wasn't the only performance to produce sparks in Wednesday night's tie, John Richardson cracked a sparkling goal, his ninth of the season, and then in a lovely cameo of creativity, supplied the cross for one of Mitchell's strikes.

But it wasn't all one-way traffic. Slough contributed to the entertainment and might feel they had enough chances to have gained a better result. Striker Paul McKinnon, a close season signing from Sutton, was clean through but although he drove in a powerful shot it hit a post after five minutes.

Hard-working Garry Attrell was Chesham's main threat down the left and one of his pinpoint crosses nearly found the head of Andy Adebowale. The Generals ought to have scored on, 21 minutes when Mitchell whipped in a wicked ball across the face of the goal but there was nobody there to put it away.

Slough took the lead, against the run of play, on 33 minutes when a cross came over from the far side and was slotted home by McKinnon.

But Chesham were right back in thins cup tie with a goal two minutes into the second half. Attrell's inventive work on the far side made the opening, the ball eventually reaching Richardson who turned to blast in a rocket. The Generals made it 2-1 on 52 minutes. Billy Goldstone released Richardson down the right and his centre was slotted home by Mitchell.

Slough, desperately trying to level pressed forward and carved out a good chance on 65 minutes. Mark Mallinson superbly crossed the ball in but although the onrushing McKinnon was well placed the ball appeared to come off his chest and into the grateful arms of keeper Andy Lomas.

Soon after Donnellan spurned a great chance to equalise, Chesham broke Slough hearts with a third goal. This time Attrell's cross was snapped up by the impressive Mitchell. Acute disappointment for Slough but delight for Chesham fans in a shivering 601 crowd.

Chesham United Lineup


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