Cup Final On Rebels Horizon

Slough Town

Slough Town

Catlin (5), Bushay (11, 85)
Dulwich Hamlet

Dulwich Hamlet

Whitmarsh (60)
League Attendance: 387 Trevor Baron
No matter how unbearable things might get in the league, Slough can at least seek solace in the league cup where, it seems, they are fast becoming unbeatable.

Quite a lot of that is probably down to the couldn't-care-less attitude of the other participants. hut the Rebels now have a comfortable cushion as they chase for the silverware nobody else wants.

There should have been more than three on Tuesday night, with the Wexham Park surface at least half sand despite the full attention of the groundstaff, but a blistering start, with two goals inside 11 minutes, ensured a comfortable, if unentertaining spectacle.

Slough's scoring opened on just five minutes, with a goal that was typical Neil Catlin bursting through on a loose ball in the area, chasing past two defenders and rifling home from an acute angle.

Six minutes of solid pressure later and it was two, West running onto a gigantic Preddie boot and squaring calmly. Bushay drove home with ease.

Cruise control came on from that point on, a familiar sight whenever the home side score a couple, but the visitors never looked like they wanted to get back into the dormant game.

To be fair to Dulwich, they were severely held back in the first half at least by a blustering wind which threatened to lift Preddie's goalkicks straight into the Hamlet net.

And Slough used their advantage well, with Catlin, Bushay and Blackman within touching distance of adding to 'keeper Power's misery. A half-hearted Gray lob was the closest Dulwich came to glory in front of an understandably disappointing crowd.

As the second half began, Dulwich began to press their own wind advantage home, although it took 15 minutes of dull action before they registered a goal. Whitmarsh was the scorer, latching onto a Hewitt ball, shrugging off the attentions of Lee and Nwaokolo and drawing out Preddie before sidefooting low into the bottom corner.

West almost made immediate amends when he skewered the ball across the face of goal, and Catlin later produced a fantastic stop from Power with an athletic volley, but the remnants of the tired apathy shown against Yeading were still to be found amongst the ruts and bumps of Wexham Park.

Bushay's persistence was the one factor which gave the Rebels the third goal they deserved, as he latched onto an 85th minute through-ball and was rewarded with the opportunity to stretch out a leg and tap into the net.

Dulwich Hamlet Lineup


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