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The Vanarama National League South

Slough beat SYCOB in eleven-goal thriller

Slough Town

Slough Town

Putman (5), Togwell (15), Dobson (17, 66, 71), Moone (pen 78), Fraser (84)
Beaconsfield Town

Beaconsfield Town

Jones (29), C Bunting (30, 43), Jackman o.g. (82)
B&B Senior Cup Attendance: 367 James Dobson
Arbour Park was the setting for another eleven-goal cup tie, this time in the Berks & Bucks County Senior Cup with Slough Town eventually overcoming former landlords Beaconsfield SYCOB to set up a home quarter-final tie against League One Milton Keynes Dons.

Just like the Southern League Cup tie against Ashford Town, the Rebels raced into a healthy lead in the opening quarter of an hour and looked set to kill the tie off.

The visitors went close to scoring with barely a minute played, but on five minutes Slough's Lewis Putman stood ominously over a free kick 20 yards out, and with the aid of a slight deflection, his strike found the bottom corner of Sam Bunting’s goal.

Slough’s second goal on 15 minutes was a gift as confusion between Bunting and his defenders led to Lee Togwell being allowed to nip in and poke the ball past the keeper, and less than two minutes later James Dobson scored a fine individual goal after beating a number of challenges and weaving his way into the box.

A quiet ten minute period followed, and after Gurkan Gokmen almost made it four, Beaconsfield pulled one back thanks to a long-range screamer from Ollie Jones which left Jamie Jackson rooted to the spot.

Remarkably, within a minute SYCOB netted again, this time through Callum Bunting, who drove into the box and finished confidently across Jackson and into the corner.

Suddenly the visitors’ outlook changed, and Callum Mapley hit a wild effort well off target following good build-up play. Soon after, Jones tried again from 30 yards, but this time his effort flew wide. However two minutes before the interval, SYCOB pulled level as Callum Bunting took advantage of a mix-up between Jackson and Josh Jackman to head a long punt upfield into an empty net.

Slough had half-chances to regain the lead early in the second half, but the clearest chance fell for Bunting, who was close to claiming his hat-trick but couldn’t make contact with a whipped cross from the left. Minutes later, Slough’s Gokmen was carried off on a stretcher after sustaining an ankle injury.

This tie looked in the balance, but Dobson’s second goal on 66 minutes settled Slough down and got them back to playing the kind of football they had shown in the opening twenty minutes. The in-form winger embarked on another long run and was allowed to come inside to the edge of the box and fire right-footed past Bunting.

Five minutes later, Dobson completed his first Rebels hat-trick and gave Slough breathing space. He was in the right place to convert a knock-down from Jackman in the six yard box.

Charlie Moone, who had a quiet evening in front of goal by his standards, saw an effort blocked in the goalmouth but did score on 78 minutes as he converted a penalty won by Togwell, who was tripped by Sam Bunting.

Beaconsfield, to their credit, carried on trying to get back into the game and substitute Spencer Maw hit the post. But shortly after, SYCOB pulled the score back to 6-4 as the unfortunate Jackman scored an own goal after the ball rebounded onto him when Jackson saved from Maw.

However, there was still time for perhaps the goal of the night six minutes from time from an unlikely source, as skipper Sean Fraser unleashed a dipping strike from 25 yards which flew past Bunting, his second goal for the club in 184 appearances and a fine way to complete the goal fest.

Beaconsfield Town Lineup

Sam Bunting, Callum Mapley, Ryan Haugh, Jack McNight, Harry Tucker, Guri Demuria, Aaron Minhas (c), Ollie Jones (Tristan Campbell), Nathan Minhas (Spencer Maw), Charlie Losasso, Callum Bunting. Substitutes not used: none.


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