Late Equaliser For Wings Earns Replay.

Slough Town

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Welling United

Welling United

FA Cup Attendance: 465 Matt Miller
Old Conference rivals Welling visited Stag Meadow for an exciting F.A cup encounter that saw Slough dominate the Dr Martens Premier league outfit. However it was the Slough fans that left Windsor with a sour taste in their mouths, after an apparent foul on Anthony Howard was deemed fair by the Referee, Welling went on to equalise in the dying minutes to leave the Slough Fans and players in disarray.

Kick off was delayed by five minutes due to the away team arriving late, however the lack of preparation didn't seem to faze the Wings, soon after the game got under way Welling nearly went one up as a fierce shot was well saved by the leg of Alan Foster. The early warning didn't worry Slough as almost immediately after Anthony Howard made a charging run down his right flank, he played a lovely one - two with Tony Boot, Howard's timely chip onto Millers Head resulted in the ball just dipping over the cross bar.

Welling responded with a nice move down the left flank only for Danny Slater to be caught off side for the Wings. The Slough forward line seemed to be working better than they have been recently and on the twenty minute mark a Tony Boot cross found the head of Ian Hodge only for the keeper to make a straightforward save.

However Paul Parkers men hadn't got away with it that easily, a first-class cross from Danny Steer was tapped it by Ryan Spencer to give Slough a well deserved lead. From that moment on the Rebels were in full control. Two minutes later Slough could of doubled their lead, Boot played the ball to Matt Miller who's shot skimmed the wood work before going over.

Slough continued to apply pressure and on the half hour mark Miller spotted Boot unmarked, Tony Boot had all the space in the world but tried to chip the keeper, the move went horribly wrong and the ball dipped painfully over the bar.

Slough's chanced just kept on coming, Anthony Howard won a free-kick on the edge of the area, Paul Barrowcliff whipped the ball in and goal scorer Ryan Spencer saw his header fly past the far post. Just before half time Boot escaped his marker and had a clear shot on goal, for some reason he squared it for Miller who was unable to convert. Welling should of counted themselves very lucky to still be in the tie as the half time whistle blew and Slough only had their selves to blame.

The second half was once again full of chance but somehow Slough were just unable to finish the Kent side off. Ryan Spencer had a chance saved in the first minute of the second half and again five minutes later.

Disaster struck for Slough seven minutes into the half as after a malicious foul on Tony Boot, the striker was unable to carry on and was replaced by attacking midfielder Freddie Hyatt. Tony Boot will now be out for up to 3 weeks with ankle damage.

The introduction of Freddie Hyatt changed the flow of the game but Welling were still handing out chance after chance. Hyatt and Miller had a number of chances but were still unable to kill the opposition off . Welling were still not out of the game and Danny Steer made an important clearance to keep Slough in the lead. Anthony Howard's dazzling performance continued as he struck a powerful shot, the ball just veering wide into the side netting.

With just five minutes to go Welling were on the attack. As Anthony Howard was defending on the right flank he received a blatant elbow in the back from Dave Powell followed by a push, unfortunately the referee deemed this not to be a foul much to the disgust of the home support and let the game continue, Powell went onto to equalise for the Wings sending the Slough players and fans into a frenzy.

The game now became real cup tie football with both sides going in search of a winner and the game became very end to end, very exciting stuff for a neutral, but both sets of fans had their hearts in their mouths at times. In the end Slough could not find the winning goal and paid the ultimate price for not getting the end products from their superb first half performance. The Rebels go into Tuesday's replay hoping they can put on a repeat performance, only this time find a way to finish Welling off!

The winners of the replay at Park View Road will play either Hitchin or Folkstone away on the weekend commencing Saturday 11th October.

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