Rebels walk their way to lucrative Argyle tie



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Bushay (43, 75)
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Two Ansil Bushay headers - real collectors' items amongst Rebel-watchers - ensured the safest of passages into the first round for Dave Russell's side on Saturday in a very comfortable 90 minutes.

Not for the new Slough the furtive fumblings of last February's dull 0-0 draw at Beaconsfield Road, as they blitzed their ICIS League hosts' goal and made their divisional superiority tell at every available opportunity.

Such was Yeading's bleakness that they barely managed a shot on goal until the last 10 minutes and treated the contest more as an end of season mid-table scrap than a tie for a place amongst the football league sides in Sunday's draw, even when they went behind.

It became evident very early on that this was to be no classic, though the Rebels began at a blistering pace. Rake kicked off the first of a landslide of chances when he was just squeezed out by two defenders and saw his shot go wide from Fiore's fourth minute cross. As 'keeper Honey became increasingly despairing of his defence, Catlin hit a Yeading man on the line from just three yards as he turned to volley Baron's flick on.

There followed a mid first-half lull, as though Slough couldn't he bothered to continually hammer away at the door, waiting for it to inevitably open. There was still no way through at the other end, however, and the handful of home fans had only headers over the bar from Paris (aiming at his own goal just for a laugh, as if to give Yeading a few handy pointers on where the target was) and Bowder to get even vaguely excited about.

As half-time loomed, the wave after wave of attacking resumed with a succession of corners and the first goal with two minutes left. Fiore was the instigator with a great cross, which Baron plucked from the air and nodded on for Bushay, pulling defenders away as Catlin had done for his earlier chance, to head into the corner.

Yeading held on bravely to the controls for another half-an-hour before they were finally forced to paracbute away into oblivion as Rake danced merrily into the area, dropped it back for Honor and he crossed deep for Bushay to rise early and nod in once more.

Honor's performance proved the most exciting point of a dull 90 minutes. He adds an extra dimension to the side with his ease on the ball, always making himself available for team-mates and playing his way out of danger very coolly. His crosses have also set up two goals in as many games, and he might well be eyeing a move further upfield, where he would complement the improving Mark Pye well.

Inbetween the goals were plenty of chances to further the score. The 68th minute saw the move of the match, built from one end of the field and finished at the other as Honor and Paris moved the ball confidently out of defence to first Catlin and then Fiore, whose ball was met by West's head but could not find the target.

For Yeading, only Wallace displayed any initiative, when Clement slipped and he chased on quickly. Faced with Preddie, he fluffed his chance.

McGrath sent the only other reasonable opportunity - a curled free-kick from the right hand side - just over the bar but out of Preddie's reach. Hardly an auspicious start, then, but definite shades of last season's Stafford Rangers game, when Bushay provided three of the vital touches. And we all know what happened after that...

Yeading Lineup


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