Second Half Goals Ease Rebels To Victory
McPherson (45), Barrowcliff (46), Mi Bartley (57), Ullathorne (66, pen)
Date: Tuesday, February 19th 2002 | Competition: B&B Senior Cup | Attendance: 155
Man Of Match: Unknown
Starting Line Up
- Wes Jackman
- Antony Howard
- Steve Stott
- Keith McPherson
- Paul Barrowcliff
- Veli Hakki
- Darron Wilkinson
- Steve Daly
- Michael Bartley
- Junior Haynes
- Clement James
Three goals in the second half helped Slough Town to a 4-1 win against Ryman third division side Abingdon Town to set up a Berks & Bucks semi-final clash against local rivals Maidenhead United at York Road.
On the slippery pitch both sets of players found it difficult staying on their feet, but it was the home side who adapted to the conditions better than Abingdon. They had a great chance to go ahead early on when Michael Bartley was put clean through on goal by Veli Hakki. The Rebels joint top scorer took the ball past goalkeeper Paul Searl only to see the goalkeeper clip the forward's heels. Bartley tried to keep on his feet but off balance he shot wide. If he had gone to ground the Rebels would certainly have had a penalty.
The home side's next chance came when Clement James crossed into the area for Junior Haynes. He shot wide under pressure when he should have hit the target. Abingdon were frustrating the Rebels at this stage. The home side had the majority of the possession, but failed to create many chances in the opening thirty minutes.
With two minutes remaining in the first half the away side went ahead with their first meaningful attack of the half. Tristan Didcock beat Paul Barrowcliff and put Roger Charles through on goal, he calmly slotted the ball past Wesley Jackman into the net. With the last kick of the half the Rebels grabbed an equaliser. Junior Haynes corner into the box was not dealt with by goalkeeper Searl. The ball fell nicely to Keith McPherson who shot past a melee of players to give the home side an equaliser.
The Rebels replaced Steve Stott with Simon Ullathorne in the second half. Ullathorne's introduction had an effect on the side almost immediately. He found Paul Barrowcliff out wide with a cross-field pass and Barrowcliff's shot from the edge of the area flew into the back of the net.
Midway through the half Steve Browne's men grabbed the all-important third goal when good work from Veli Hakki presented Bartley with the easiest of chances to score from close range. Sixteen minutes later Slough added a forth goal when Anthony Howard was fouled in the penalty area. Simon Ullathorne confidently beat Searl to put the Rebels through to the next round.
Abingdon Town: Searl, Smith, Burden, Muttock, Sherwood, Thomas, Didcock, Charles, McMahon, Scanes, Trinder.