Russell strikes to axe cup holders
Lee (50), Russell (78, 83)
Date: Tuesday, November 13th 1979 | Competition: Berks & Bucks | Attendance: TBC
Man Of Match: Dave Russell
Starting Line Up
- Richard Teale
- Tim Turl
- Roger Mackay
- Terry Reardon
- Eric Young
- Mick Wharton
- Dave Russell
- Charlie Marks
- Paul Lee
- Barry Friend
- Peter Feely
SLOUGH TOWN dismayed their fans in the first half and delighted them in the second by coming from behind to topple Berks and Bucks Senior Cup holders Wycombe out of the competition on Tuesday night.
Slough's ability to forget their dismal league form in cup games was again apparent as they turned on a devastating second half display, crowned when winger Dave Russell scored twice in the last 13 minutes.
Arch rivals Wycombe, much the better side in an untidy first half, had taken the lead after only four minutes when a cross from Tony Price was turned in by Jim Jacobs and Slough's efforts to get back on terms before the interval proved futile.
But manager Joe Arpino worked wonders with a half time pep talk which had his side coming out fighting, and they continually stretched a suspect Wycombe defence with their crisp and penetrating football.
They equalised through a Paul Lee header from a corner, won when Lee's shot on the turn had been fumbled by the keeper and hacked away by the Wycombe defence, and with veteran Terry Reardon proving a steadying influence in midfield, Slough were soon going all out for victory.
They were unlucky when Barry Friend rattled the upright with a 25-yard shot, and with Wycombe's defence creaking ominously, Dave Russell cashed in to supply the winning goals.
In the 78th minute he latched on to a Lee pass and slipped the ball under stand-in goalkeeper Way's body, and five minutes from time scored again with an almost identical shot from the same position after Reardon had put him clear.
With Wycombe fielding their strongest team apart from the goalkeeper, the victory was an immensely satisfying one for manager Arpino, and the Hungerford Town officials who were at the game - including manager Jimmy Kelman, formerly of Slough - were given plenty to worry about as they prepare for their FA Cup first round date with Slough next Saturday.