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The Vanarama National League South

Slough ease into Third Qualifying Round

Slough Town

Slough Town

Logie (15), Swift (40), Burnell (45), David Deeney (pen 69, pen 90)
Eastbourne Town

Eastbourne Town

Strevett (67)
FA Cup Attendance: 182 Stuart Swift
Slough Town made it safely through into the hat for Monday's FA Cup Third Qualifying Round draw after hitting five against Isthmian Division One South Eastbourne Town.

The Rebels scored four against each of their previous opponents in the competition, and went one better this time. The early signs were good, with the in-form Ed Smith finding acres of space to pick up Alex Brown's long pass forward, but he shot wastefully wide.

Slough again looked threatening going forward as Dom Rhone burst through the middle, but David Deeney ended up dragging a shot wide of goal. Moments later, Eastbourne survived again, scrambling the ball off the line.

The hosts did get their reward with a quarter of an hour played though, Adam Logie volleying past Sam Reed from the edge of the box.

To this point, the visitors had threatened only from distance or from hopeful crosses into the box, all dealt with comfortably by the Slough back line. Their best moment came via a mazy run from midfielder Steve May, which took him past several players and into the box, but he ran out of room.

Slough looked the more likely to add to their lead, Eastbourne unable to gain a foothold in the game, and Nathan Bowden-Haase, after saving Slough with a good block, almost notched a goal at the other end, but could not make contact with Stuart Swift's free kick delivery.

Eastbourne’s best spell of pressure had no end product, as Slough were almost undone by an attack down the right, but Sonny Cobbs miscontrolled at the vital moment as the ball was played across when a first-time shot might have tested James Warrington.

Eastbourne right-back John Landsafe was well wide with a speculative shot from distance, but five minutes before half time, Slough were much more clinical and doubled their lead. Stuart Swift lined up a free kick 25 yards out and curled the ball expertly around the wall and past Reed – the midfielder’s third goal in his last four games.

Crucially Slough took a three-goal lead just before the interval, which deflated the visiting side. Rebels worked a short corner routine and eventually Bowden-Haase headed across goal to the unmarked Dan Burnell a couple of yards out, who easily bagged his sixth goal of the season.

Slough were a little sloppy early in the second half, almost gifting a goal to Cobbs, but he wasted the chance. Instead, Slough were able to coast through the rest of the game without much concern. Warrington, making his 50th Slough appearance, was largely untroubled, easily fielding a weak strike from Matt Crabb.

However, Slough switched off momentarily with 67 minutes played and failed to clear, Ethan Strevett taking advantage to fire in off a post via a deflection.

It took Slough just two minutes to regain the three-goal cushion though, Dan Burnell being tripped inside the penalty area. Referee Tony Power pointed to the spot after consulting with his linesman, despite the Eastbourne protests, and David Deeney sent Reed the wrong way from twelve yards.

Sonner replaced Smith, who had an off-day, and Ben Abbey was also introduced. The latter embarked on a long run which looked destined for a fine individual goal, but the move broke down as neither he or Deeney could get a shot in.

In time added on at the end of the game, Slough added a fifth with another David Deeney penalty – again won by Burnell after a push by skipper Nick Fogden – and Deeney confidently put his shot into the same corner, beating the outstretched hand of Reed.

Eastbourne Town Lineup

Sam Reed, John Landsafe, Ross Sutton (Richard Greenfield), Ben Austin, Nick Fogden (c), Steve Elliott (Sam Crabb), Steve May, Ethan Strevett, Danny Curd, Sonny Cobbs (Alex Howell), Matt Crabb. Subs not used: Ben Billings, Matt Geard, Max Hollobone, Joe Summerbell.


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