Sucked into the "black hole" of Barking again!



Engwell (46), Field (51), Wallace (76)
Slough Town

Slough Town

AC Delco Cup
The Rebels 15 year nightmare at Mayesbrook Park plummeted to the deepest black hole in Barking leaving everyone praying that this trip surely could never happen again.

A three-goal blitz that started just a minute into the second half dumped Slough out of the First Round of the AC Delco Cup for the second successive year - and the Rebels could do nothing about it.

Even "ground hoppers" avoid this dingy stadium which could be likened to the moon with its craters dotted indiscriminately - frankly, it's a disgrace to the Vauxhall Opel Premier League and the gloomy side of non-league football.

Saying that, Slough have never produced the goods that were evident in Saturday's game at home to Leytonstone & Ilford and never looked like winning this match.

Disgruntled manager Alan Davies said "It's horrible here. When their manager's telling their players to go for players from the side lines, you don't want anything to do with football. But there's no excuses. You play well at Bromley, look like scoring four or five on Saturday and then you come to Barking" said the Rebels boss. " We got round the back a couple of times in the first half, but didn't get the ball in the box- that's the only way you score goals here or anywhere.

For the second year running we've gone out at the first hurdle and it's very disappointing - I don't like it, nor do the players. It's my job to pick the players up and go to Dagenham on Saturday to get a result" said Davies. Barking's intentions became apparent when Colin Landeg received retribution for a tussle with Warren May at Wexham Park two weeks ago - a kick off the ball that forced him to retire from the game with a thigh injury.

This followed Slough's lacklustre first half performance with only one shot on target and Tony Knight hitting his own post, forcing Bunting to save. But it's hard to blame the players for something that seems well out of their own control - even the championship side of 1981 could only manage a draw.

Mark Davies pulled two goals back two seasons ago for a memorable 4-4 draw. And it was hardly the stage for new midfielder Bobby Dell to shine after his free transfer from Marlow.

As it turned out they hotly disputed two out of three of Barking's goals which looked like being very close offside decisions. A minute into the second half, Micky Engwell latched onto a through ball down the left flank to shoot past Bunting at a narrow angle as the Rebels players stood appealing for the flag.

And after Tony Field stabbed one home five minutes later, the scoring was completed in the 76th minute when Kane ran onto a chip through the defence as Slough stood waiting and the impressive Andy Wallace slotted coolly under Bunting.

Nevertheless Slough will certainly benefit from the thought of their 3-1 FA Trophy First Round victory against Dagenham for Saturday's game- lessons should have been learned in this encounter.

Barking Lineup


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