Late Murphy goal saves Slough's blushes

| FA Trophy
Att: 217
Uxbridge
Tunnell (20)
1 - 1
Slough Town
Murphy (90)
Danny Murphy
Slough travelled to the Honeycroft with a woeful recent record against Uxbridge looking to maintain this season’s good cup form and progress in the Trophy. The last trip to the Honeycroft saw the end of Derek Sweetman’s reign as Slough manager and ushered in the Bateman era.

Slough are much changed from last year’s side but with injury starting to take its toll two members of Tony Thompson’s successful Under 18 side from were promoted to the starting line up with Mo Sharif and Kyle Jeffrey lining up on the right hand side.

Slough were further hampered by the early withdrawal of Simon Martin who appeared to pick up a hamstring strain. He was replaced by Tommy Hayes.

In a strangely lethargic performance Slough seemed unable to get their passing going and were limited to sporadic attacks and half chances. Without creating too many clear opportunities Uxbridge began to assert themselves on the game, just keeping possession and probing.

Uxbridge took the lead after 20 minutes when an underhit Mo Sharif pass was intercepted in the centre of midfield and played out wide for Warner, he skipped passed Jeffrey and crossed for Lee Tunnell to slot home from eight yards.

Slough seemed unable to up the tempo and were limited to snatched shots and the occasional threat from a set piece. However, Uxbridge themselves were unable to really exert themselves on the game and chances for a second crucial goal proved elusive.

As the game meandered to an unsatisfactory conclusion the Rebels players and supporters alike were frustrated that things were not clicking.

However, Slough always looked threatening from set pieces and Uxbridge seemed intent on presenting the visitors with opportunities. Deep into injury time, Edgeworth was chopped down on the edge of the area by Max Howell. The resulting free kick was tipped over the bar and so Slough were presented with a last chance to deliver a cross into the box.

Everyone piled forward including the goalkeeper Ricky Perks and the presence of the towering stopper seemed to distract the Uxbridge defenders. They missed the left back Danny Murphy who charged in at the far post and rose like a salmon to head into the back of the net. It was an impressive leap from Murphy who seemingly was head and shoulders above the defence.

It was a goal that Slough barely deserved but was well earned by Murphy who had run endlessly throughout the game and showed true heart and commitment. Unsurprisingly he thoroughly deserved another man of the match award and Slough were given a second chance back at Holloways Park.

Uxbridge Line up

1. Matt Burton, 2. Gavin Brown, 3. Kevin Warner, 4. Max Howell, 5. Mark Dennison, 6. Wayne Carter, 7. Mark Smith, 8. Tom Howe, 9. Lee Tunnell ©, 10. Dave Warner, 11. Chris Robinson Subs: 12. Oliver Howell, 14. Troy Lawrence, 15. Daniel Rimemm.

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