Slough Town

Slough Town

West (7), Stone (0-2)
B&B Senior Cup Attendance: 575 Mark West
The Rebels set themselves up with a possible dream tie against Reading as they cruised through to the final of the Berks and Bucks Cup with a 2-0 win over Marlow on Tuesday night.

The final, to be played at Adams Park, will be the second this season for the Wexham Park side, having already reached the last game of the Diadora League Cup by virtue of a two-leg win over Dulwich Hamlet.

Tuesday's win was Slough's most convincing victory for several weeks, and they were in the lead in just seven minutes. Martin Stone took a corner on the left, Bateman flicked it on to the far post and West, his back turned to goal, swivelled and glanced the ball nonchalantly into the net.

For the first-half at least, it seemed that the Rebels could do no wrong. Sayer threaded a delightful ball to Bushay, who crossed for a rampaging West his effort was deflccted narrowly wide.

Sayer was once again a revelation and played a vital part in the second goal, picking out Martin Stone with an inch-pcrfect pass. His instinctive 12 yard finish gave 'keeper Russell no chance.

Marlow found themselves caught offside so regularly that almost everything they did was ultra cautious or just plain stupid.

Only when Rhoades-Brown unleashed a powerful long shot on 40 minutes did they look half-competent. Bunting dived full-length and scooped the ball into his capable hands.

The home side began to gain at least a foothold on the game as the second-half progressed. Bunting just intercepted Nolan's cross with Walsh lurking in the box, while only a deflection kept a Britnell shot off target.

Slough grew lazy and complacent as they are prone to whenever they have the lead, but their five-man defence were not troubled sufficiently to spoil an impressive record against the home side this season: played three, won three; goals for eight, goals against none.

West had one rare chance for a third after Blackman had brought Russell to the floor with a probing run, but he hooked his follow-up shot over an empty bar.

It didn't matter, and if Jimmy Quinn and Mick Gooding do bring their Royals side to Wycombe for the final (though they have to see off Newbury Town first) they may well be surprised at what lies in store.

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