Rebels run riot in Hitachi Cup 4-goal thriller

Slough Town

Slough Town

Cooke, Russell, Lee, Lee
Chesham United

Chesham United

Isthmian Lge Cup Paul Lee
Two goals, one a 30-yard thunderbolt by Paul Lee, heralded a crushing 4-0 win for Slough in the Hitachi Cup third round at Wexham Park on Tuesday.

For a quarter of an hour Slough's Isthmian League First Division opponents, Chesham United, hustled and bustled the Rebels into a comedy of errors culminating in Rob Martell hitting the post in a goal mouth scramble in the 13th minute.

Chesham remained in control of the game for the first 30 minutes and had several other scoring opportunities before Slough decided to move up a gear. In virtually their first chance of the match Slough scored. A Tim Turl cross went right through the Chesham defence for Ian Cooke to slot home past the outstretched hand of Barber.

Slough immediately grew in confidence with new signing Mick Wharton playing impressively in defence and Ian Cooke prompting in midfield. But it was still really against the run of play that Slough scored again through an impressive header from Dave Russell. Alan Gane hit a free kick from the half way line which was headed on by Eric Young to Russell who flicked the ball past Barber.

In the second half Slough dominated their First Division opponents with a devastating display of skilled football with Barry Friend, Dave Russell and Paul Lee excelling. Indeed the final score could have been 7-0 but for several clearances off the line and some brave goalkeeping.

Paul Lee scored the first of his two goals following a Micky Kiely corner and then came what is probably one of the best goals ever scored at Wexham Park.

There seemed no danger in the 76th minute when Barry Friend took up the ball in midfield and chipped it through to Lee who was standing five yards outside the Chesham box.

But Lee, who has been described by manager Joe Arpino as the best forward in the Isthmian League, turned sharply and with the ball still in the air hit a rising thunderbolt to which Barber could not even get a hand.

After that it was a case of Slough running riot through a demoralised Chesham defence but not quite managing their earlier finishing power.

Chesham United Lineup


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