Half an hour before kick-off, the match was in real doubt as a downpour had left large patches of standing water on the pitch – but after some last-minute forking, referee John Taafe was satisfied, allowing the game to start twenty minutes later than planned.
Slough’s Hellenic League opponents were not overawed by the task at hand and started brightly, but found themselves a goal down with just six minutes played – the goal owing everything to the brilliance of Steve Sinclair, Slough’s most potent attacking threat for most of the afternoon. The winger had the ball but appeared to be running into a blind alley, until he back-heeled the ball past two confused Moles defenders and crossed onto the head of Dan Burnell at the far post, whose effort was just too powerful for Weait, who got a hand to it.
The goal settled Slough slightly, but Binfield grew into the game and had their first effort from a free kick, which Carl Withers blasted into the Slough wall, with Gary Callaway thrashing an effort well off target from the rebound.
James Warrington in the Slough goal did well to cut out a dangerous cross from Withers as Binfield put together a fine passing move involving Steve Nebbett and the dangerous Danny Wing, who certainly gave Simon Sweeney a few problems during the game.
A cross-shot from Adam Martin, who had another 90 minutes as he returns towards full fitness, saw a cross-shot dealt with uncomfortably by Weait, who pushed the ball on to the bar and over.
Binfield came close to an equaliser with half an hour played, as Wing won the ball and played it to Carl Davies in the middle. His shot was cleared on the line by Murphy with Warrington beaten. Slough then broke quickly and Burnell ran clean through, but his attempted lob cleared both goalkeeper and crossbar.
Both sides had further chances in an even first half, and the visitors came closest. Carl Withers hit a shot from distance which was too hot for Warrington to handle. Wing pounced on the loose ball and tucked it into the goal – but the linesman’s flag was quickly raised as the winger was in an offside position.
Binfield also started the second half well, Warrington denied Wing again with a fine save, after Adam Logie had played a dreadful attempted pass across his own box, straight to the Moles player.
With Sean Sonner feeling a tight hamstring, Charlie Mpi was introduced into the game, and he nearly opened his account with an acrobatic effort from Burnell’s cross, but Weait tipped the ball over.
But with 61 minutes played, the visitors did score the goal which had always been on the cards with Slough giving the ball away far too cheaply and failing to kill the game off.
Wing picked the ball up just inside his own half and played a ball over the Slough defence, into the path of the prolific Ian Davies. The striker hit a first time effort over Warrington, with Murphy just unable to block the shot.
Mpi’s introduction, though, gave Slough added threat on the break – and at a time when Binfield were on top and looking confident, his pace won a penalty. He was set free on the left and charged towards the goal, his run ended illegally by a despairing tackle - a clear penalty which Taafe awarded. Burnell stepped up to confidently put the kick into the top corner.
Slough now looked to kill the game off, and gaps were appearing at both ends, with Ian Davies firing straight at Warrington on the break.
With Ben Abbey also introduced, Binfield were by now under heavy pressure, and Slough’s fresh legs were making a telling impact. But Charlie Mpi denied by Weait, the striker agonisingly unable to beat the keeper after being played through by Abbey.
But Slough did score a third goal in the final minute. Paul Coyne played the ball over to Danny Murphy on the left, and his textbook cross was nodded home by Abbey inside the six yard box.
Mpi had two more good chances to score, but spurned both – Slough, though, had done enough to eventually overcome Binfield and set up a trip to Banbury United in the next round.
Slough Town Line Up
- 1 James Warrington
- 2 Simon Sweeney
- 3 Danny Murphy
- 4 Adam Martin
- 5 Nathan Bowden-Haase
- 6 Adam Logie
- 7 Steve Sinclair
- 8 Paul Coyne
- 9 Danny Burnell 14
- 10 Sean Sonner 12
- 11 Stuart Swift 16
Binfield Line up
Dan Weait, James Partridge (Ryan Millward), Paul Mortimer, Gary Callaway (c), Paul Stone, Carl Withers, Nick Bateman (Dan Jewell), Steve Nebbett, Ian Davies, Carl Davies, Danny Wing. Subs not used: Callum Whitty, Mike Hancock, Rob Wilcox.