Now Burnham must try to tame Russell

Slough Town

Slough Town

Kiely (27), Metcalfe (31, 75), Russell (45), Gane (pen 48)
Didcot Town

Didcot Town

B&B Senior Cup Dave Russell
Slough Town manager Joe Arpino was full of praise for Dave Russell after Saturday's convincing win in the Berks and Bucks Cup which earns Slough their first ever tie with neighbours Burnham, at home on November 18, in the second round.

Mr. Arpino enthused: "It was David’s best game since he has been with the club. His distribution was tremendous, he was always creative and showed real control in the middle of the park."

The young Slough striker or midfield player certainly deserved that praise. He destroyed Didcot with a superb individual performance, and if Russell continues to play like he did on Saturday, it will not be long before Football League club scouts are flocking to Wexham Park.

He scored a classic goal and played a major role in three more as Slough comfortably disposed of their Hellenic League opposition. Didcot's hopes of causing a cup upset were torpedoed in a four minute spell in the first half. Russell stabbed the ball to Mick Kiely at the near post and Kiely's effort cannoned into the net off a defender after 27 minutes.

Shortly afterwards Kiely burst through on the left and crossed for Barry Metcalfe to head home against his old club.

Slough were well on the way to an easy win but, for once, they did not sit back and Russell scored a goal which the fans will remember for a long time.

A few seconds before half-time Russell turned a Didcot defender inside out in the penalty area and then rammed the ball just inside the far post from the acutest of angles when everyone had expected him to pass.

Russell continued the torment after the interval and when he was brought down in the penalty area in the 48th minute, after he had beaten two players, Alan Gane stepped up to confidently score from the penalty spot.

Slough, who brought on substitute Terry Reardon when Kiely was forced to limp off with a pulled hamstring, completed a fine win with a fifth goal.

Barrie Friend pushed a free kick on the edge of the area past Didcot's defensive wall for Russell to hit a snap shot which goalkeeper Griffiths failed to hold. Richard Strong's effort was also blocked but Metcalfe was on hand to slam the ball in.

Paul Lee, who had harassed Didcot throughout, had a ‘goal’ disallowed for an offside decision against Metcalfe. Then just before full-time a Russell drive was headed off the line and Ian Cooke hit the post.

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