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The National League U19 Alliance

Rebels set for repeat of last season's run

| FA Cup
Slough Town
James (14), Morrissey (17), Friend (30), Kiely (70, 76)
5 - 1
Archer (68)
Barry Friend
AFTER easily overcoming their first hurdle in the FA Cup on Saturday, Slough now have an excellent chance of repeating last season's fine run which saw them reach the second round.

Slough now travel to Denbeigh Road on October 4 to meet Southern League Hounslow, and a victory there would earn the Rebels a home tie with Barton Rovers or Walton and Hersham, both from lower divisions of the Isthmian League.

On paper at least, the Wexham Park club must be firm favourites to reach the fourth qualifying round, just one match away from joining the Division Three and Four teams. The Rebels certainly had little difficulty in beating Ware on Saturday as they demonstrated the wide difference in standard between the Premier Division and the rest of the Isthmian League.

They used traffic cones in a pre-match practice - and then hit top gear to drive in three goals in a 16-minute spell during the first half. Barrie Friend gave a foretaste of what was to come when he hit the bar in the 13th minute. Eggie James then opened the scoring a minute later after Mick Kiely had played the ball across the penalty area.

Pat Morrissey quickly added a second when he took a return pass from Kiely, chested the ball down inside the area and lifted it over the advancing Peter Townsend. Friend made it 3-0 on the half hour when he finished off the best move of the match which saw Morrissey, James and Dave Russell all involved in the build-up.

Ware's Pat Butcher had the ball in the net just before the interval but the goal was rightly disallowed for his foul on Vic Akers. The Division One strugglers finally scored their consolation goal midway through the second half when Richard Teale failed to hold a Butcher corner and Steve Archer bundled the ball across the line.

Teale quickly redeemed himself when he did well to save from Robbie Doyle and Slough finally seemed to get the message that the cup tie was not quite finished. Kiely got his name on the score sheet in the 70th minute when he tapped the ball home after James had headed back a Friend cross.

Six minutes later he dived in to head a Friend cross past Townsend as Slough reasserted their obvious superiority.

Ware Line up


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