With Nathan Bowden-Haase and Stuart Swift missing, serving the final match of their respective suspensions, Simon Sweeney made a welcome return after injury – his first appearance since October – and Bateman gave his son Sam a run out in midfield, with only a handful of regular starters named in the starting eleven.
Chesham themselves rested four key players but made a good start, Bruce Wilson heading a cross from the right just wide. Scott Thomas chipped a shot across Jamie Jackson’s goal and wide soon after Leon Archer had played him in.
However, against the run of play, Slough took the lead on 19 minutes as Ollie Burgess played in a free kick from the left touchline, and Adam Martin beat Shane Gore to the ball and headed beyond him.
The hosts played by far the better football in the first half against an understandably disjointed Slough side, but were wasteful with the final ball or shot at goal, and struggled to test Jackson as the Rebels back four, with Chris Seeby occupying an unfamiliar left-back role, worked hard to keep them at bay. But shortly before half time, Jackson had to be alert to block a header from Dave Fotheringham.
Slough took their lead into the interval but Chesham responded well in the second half, and, after Jackson had rushed a clearance which fell straight to Steve Wales, the midfielder hammered the ball straight back toward the top corner – but Jackson atoned for his mistake by making a magnificent tip-over.
Jackson saved again from Fotheringham’s header from the resulting corner, and Slough broke away but Ben Abbey fired well wide of goal.
Chesham were not to be denied for long though, and with 59 minutes played, the Generals equalised as Danny Talbot’s free kick on the right found its way through a crowded penalty area and past Jamie Jackson.
A rare shot at goal for Slough followed after the referee penalised Gore after the goalkeeper picked up a half-cleared ball from Ryan Moran, adjudging it to be a pass. Adam Logie blasted the ball goalwards, clearly hoping for a deflection to take the ball in, but the shot was blocked and Chesham broke away at pace with Bruce Wilson storming forward and setting up Brad Wadkins for a cross which neither Talbot or Wilson could convert.
But County Cup glory will have to wait for Slough Town as with thirteen minutes remaining, Chesham took a deserved lead. Talbot crossed from the right touchline and Wadkins touched the ball into the net at the near post from six yards to ensure the Generals would remain Slough’s bogey team of recent years.
Wadkins fired another shot wide as Chesham looked to kill the game off and substitute James Potton also went close, but with just minutes left, Slough fashioned their best chance of the half as Sean Sonner crossed in for Burgess, who should have scored but could only shoot straight at Gore, who spread himself well. Seeby fired a follow-up effort wide.
Chesham made sure of the win two minutes into stoppage time in slightly fortuitous circumstances as Simon Sweeney appeared to foul Wadkins outside the penalty box, but the referee awarded a penalty which Talbot converted.
Chesham United Line up
Shane Gore, Anthony Watson, Bruce Wilson, Ryan Moran, Robert Bartley, Danny Talbot (c), Dave Fotheringham (James Potton), Steve Wales (Lewis Rolfe), Leon Archer, Brad Wadkins, Scott Thomas. Subs: Danny Gudgeon, Simon Thomas, John Kyriacou.