Penalties Needed But Rebels Progress In Cup

Slough Town

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Walton & Hersham

Walton & Hersham

FA Cup Attendance: 378 Paul Wilkerson
Slough Town kept their nerves in a dramatic penalty shoot-out against Walton and Hersham on Tuesday night to keep their FA Cup dreams alive.

Following Saturday's 0-0 struggle at Stompond Lane in the FA Cup 2nd Round, the replay was a tense affair with neither side finding the net in 90 minutes and, in extra time, the defences still held firm. Rebels fans, lifted by the the re-appearance of Mark West after nearly a year, had hoped for more but were left with a nailbiting shoot-out. Walton's Matthew Pearson was the first man to step up and he put the Swans one up. Paul Hardyman's reply was a shot over the top.

Paul Wilkerson dived to his right to keep out Ansil Bushay's attempt and Danny Bolt scored to make it 1-1.
Walton's Alan Dowson missed his kick and Corey Browne put the Rebels ahead in the tie for the first time at 2-1. Matt Elverson then made it 2-2, but Lloyd Owusu confidently hit the net to lead again at 3-2.

The pressure was then on defender Trevor Baron to keep Walton in the tie, but he scooped his shot over and the Rebels relief was evident.

Slough were never happy against the Isthmian League side, who gave them little space and battled hard.

The Swans started confidently, taking the game to Slough. A Corey Browne tackle from behind in the fifth minute brought him the yellow card and a few minutes later, he was lucky to stay on the park after another fierce challenge on Mark Pearson.

The Rebels began to settle and Danny Bolt and West both had chances. Slough continued to push, but their insistence on the longer ball forward meant they were not holding possession.

In the second half, Slough again failed to dominate and Garfield Blackman's runs from midfield were causing problems.

At the start of extra time, Terry Angus replaced Mark Fiore and ten minutes later Lloyd Owusu was brought on for West.

It was not until the second period of extra time that Slough started to play as if they wanted to win this cup-tie. Cliff Hercules, who had moved up to centre forward, scooped over, while Lloyd Owusu's left foot shot across goal just slid wide.

Owusu then beat the offside trap but his shot was well saved.

The excitement mounted for the shoot-out and the fans joined in as they raced to get behind the goal. Slough triumphed in the end and go on to face Tilbury on October 11.

Walton & Hersham Lineup


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