Rebels defeated on spot kicks in County Cup

Maidenhead United

Maidenhead United

Barrett (pen 15)
Slough Town

Slough Town

Williams (pen 27)
B&B Senior Cup Attendance: 669 Manny Williams
It was the start of a new era without Neil Baker and Jon Underwood at the helm on Tuesday evening, as the Rebels’ Berks & Bucks Senior Cup campaign ended at the first hurdle with a 7-6 defeat on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Maidenhead United, writes David Tancred.

This was Slough’s first game since the resignation of joint managers Baker and Underwood after their nine-and-a-half-year spell in charge sadly came to an end on Monday night. Scott Davies, Lee Togwell and Manny Williams were in charge for this game against Maidenhead, and almost pulled off a superb result.

Slough’s first chance of the game came on 7 minutes when George Hunt’s shot from just inside the area went past the post.

Maidenhead won a penalty on 14 minutes after George Wells was deemed to have fouled his man in the box. Sam Barratt converted the penalty to give the home side the lead.

On 25, the Rebels got a penalty of their own after Hunt was brought down in the area. Manny Williams converted the penalty, sending Alexis Andre Jr in the Maidenhead goal the wrong way with the ball crashing in off the post to give Slough a deserved leveller – his first goal for the club in more than three years.

Hunt nearly got the Rebels in front just before half time as Williams and Hunt combined well with the latter’s effort being blocked by the Maidenhead defence.

In the second half the players came out strong as Gabe George won the ball in midfield and burst down the left of the pitch, drilling a beautiful ball to Williams whose effort was superbly tipped away by Andre Jr.

On 72, Imran Kayani was found in the Maidenhead box and he turned and struck a ball towards goal but Andre Jr was equal to it.

Three minutes later the Rebels had another chance as Johnny Goddard and Matt Lench linked up well on a short corner with Goddard providing a lovely ball to Williams, whose effort went inches over the bar.

On 87 minutes Rhys Forster produced a fabulous save to keep the scores level. With Shawn McCoulsky in behind the Slough defence, Forster got down low to deny the forward and send the game to penalties.

George Wells was the first to step up and slot his penalty home before Fabio Sole’s effort was saved by Andre Jr.

Goddard and Lench both produced fantastic penalties to keep Slough in the shootout before Rhys Forster superbly saved from Maidenhead and took the shoutout to sudden death.

Scott Davies and Gabe George both provided wonderful penalties before the shootout ended with Lee Togwell’s effort being saved by Andre Jr ending the shootout 7-6 to Maidenhead.

Despite the loss, Davies, Togwell and Williams can hold their heads up high in what was a spirited performance by the Rebels with the numerous away fans providing lots of noise and support.

Slough’s next game comes in the Isuzu FA Trophy away at Hanwell Town on Saturday, and the Rebels will look to return to winning ways and progress further in the competition.

Maidenhead United Lineup

Andre Jr, De Havilland, Asare, Barratt, Clifton, Mccoulsky, Ferdinand, Keetch, Odutayo, Esan, Massey. Substitutes: Gyollai, Jefferies, Hoath, Thurley, Johnson.


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