Slough bow out of Emirates FA Cup

Slough Town

Slough Town

Grant (6)


Muggeridge (17), Splatt (45+2), Fraser (68)
FA Cup Attendance: 395
Slough Town bowed out of the Emirates FA Cup in Second Round Qualifying after a 3-1 home defeat to Whitehawk, writes Sam Pryke.

On a hot day at Arbour Park, the Rebels got off to the perfect start and within 6 minutes took the lead. A long throw from the left-hand side was headed in by an unmarked Freddie Grant.

Town began to dictate proceedings, with several crosses from both flanks testing the defence of the visitors, without any clear-cut chances.

On 14 minutes, Slough ought to have done better after a wicked ball from the right was delivered into the box, which was headed wide by Ben Harris.

Town were made to pay for squandering that opportunity swiftly after with an equaliser soon following.

On 16 minutes, the visitors’ captain Henry Muggeridge latched onto a long ball down the middle, expertly slotting the ball under the onrushing Jonathan North.

Whitehawk were buoyed by the leveller, earning corners in quick succession but the Slough defence stood firm.

With the half drifting towards a stalemate at the break, the visitors managed to gain the upper hand right before the half time whistle.

A corner was whipped in from the right-hand side with Javaun Splatt towering above the Slough defence to nod home.

The second half began as the first ended, with the visitors threatening early on. Omarr Lawson found Splatt in the area, and from a tight angle he struck the ball into the arms of North.

On 57 minutes the Rebels had a great opportunity to level the scores. A long ball from defence found Matt Lench, who miskicked the ball after the Whitehawk goalkeeper hesitantly rushed out of goal.

After a short spell of pressure from the hosts, Whitehawk were defending resolutely with bodies being thrown in the way of goal bound strikes.

On 67 minutes Whitehawk doubled their advantage thanks to a slick counter-attacking move. Lawson managed to exploit the space on the left-hand side and curled a ball into the path of James Fraser, who calmly put the ball past North in the Slough goal.

Slough searched for a quick response. On 73 minutes substitute Eitel Goueth sent a delightful ball into the box which Max Worsfold could only stab straight at the goalkeeper.

Slough struggled to create anything significant from open play as the game moved into the latter stages, with set pieces looking the most likely route to goal.

Despite a late aerial bombardment and shots from range, the visitors managed to see the game out and progress into Third Round Qualifying.

Image: Philip Benton

Whitehawk Lineup

Nathan Stroomberg-Clarke, Luke Emberson, Leon Redwood, Lewis Unwin, Adam El-Abd, Lloyd Cotton, Henry Muggeridge (c), Omarr Lawson, Javaun Splatt, James Fraser, Oliver Munt. Substitutes: Frankie Chappell, Tegan Freeman, Simon Mensah, Rheo Josephs, Callum Edwards, Billie Clark.


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