Uxbridge Close To Cup Upset

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Little can be said about Slough Town's performance against Uxbridge in the FA Cup third qualifying round on Saturday. Their opponents languish at the foot of division one of the Vauxhall League, but matched Slough throughout the contest.

The Rebels returned to full strength on paper, but several of the team were carrying injuries — Jeff Bateman returning with his arm in a cast, Steve Thompson having ligament trouble, Tony Dell an ankle injury, Tommy Langley a hamstring problem and Neal Stanley a damaged ligament behind the knee and Gary Dodd was sidelined with his hamstring injury.

Slough boss Alan Davies said: "We're glad to be in the hat on Monday that was one of the worst games we have played. We were lucky to be in it, they had more chances this afternoon than any other, side this year."

From the start, Slough found themselves backpedalling as Uxbridge pushed forward, determined for a goal, but with their composure in front of goal lacking, failed to take the lead.

The Rebels best effort of the half and probably the game, came from the skilful Steve Thompson. Robbie Johnson took a free kick on the outside of the box, Bateman challenged and Thompson bicycle kicked the ball goalwards, only to see it headed away by Ashton.

Shortly after, Stanley sneaked onto Johnson's through ball, but after getting the better of Proctor, fired wide. Trevor Bunting was then called into action and made a fine save at the feet of Pope. Uxbridge began to look confident opponents and as the half wore on, looked the more likely to score.

Trevor How had the last opportunity of the first period, when he headed an Adams's corner goalwards, but it was cleared.

The opening exchanges in the second half went the visitors' way with Lindo's header cleared, falling to Messitt who hit the post and Birch ran in to fire the loose ball over the bar. Bunting was called upon shortly afterwards when Bate-man's mistake let in Nelson.

The chances came at either end throughout the half, How heading Adams's cross wide, Bunting saving White's free kick well and Thompson's volley being palmed over by keeper Dawson after neat work by Stanley and Dell.

The Rebels won a succession of corners, but failed to convert and as the final whistle drew closer, Uxbridge did the same. But they failed to turn their pressure into a goal and provide a shock defeat that wouldn't have been a shock to anyone on the touchline.

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