Slough Sweep Aside Daggers

Dagenham & R.

Dagenham & R.

Slough Town

Slough Town

Pickett (0-1), Bushay (0-2), Blackman (0-3)
Isthmian Lge Sub. Cup Attendance: 403 Ross Pickett
Slough picked up the pieces of Saturday's defeat to Altrincham when they swept to an effortless and impressive League Cup win at Dagenham on Monday night.

The Rebels looked in determined and resilient mood as they overcame far from alluring meteorological conditions and surroundings to rattle in three well taken goals and deny their weary-looking hosts a sniff of the action throughout.

Star of the show was Ross Pickett, in for Ansil Bushay and displaying the sort of determination and hunger for the ball so lacking in the latter's game at the weekend. Pickett's strike separated the sides at half time, as he got on the end of Pye's measured pass, used his considerable strength to glide past a defender and then planted a lob over Williams.

The goal count was never going to be high in an uninspiring encounter, but when the visitors braved the intermittent heavy rain, they worried the Dagenham defence and held the balance of play through their control of the midfield.

When the home side managed to pierce the defence, Trevor Bunting in goal put the Altrincham game behind him with a quality display, the highlight of which was an agile stop from Cook's wayward slice on 34 minutes. If he is back to his best, it will be a further plus for the side as they enter the most testing phase of the season and attempt to gain consistency.

Bushay, on for the injured Clement just before the break, was not be be outdone by the young upstart Pickett and stamped his own mark on proceedings two minutes after the restart, turning supersub as he received a Fiore corner at the far post and was allowed enough time to trap the ball under his foot and roll it into the bottom corner of the goal.

Ten minutes later the contest was finally put out of doubt when Fiore again crossed to the far post and this time the well placed Garfield Blackman lifted a leg and tapped cooly over Williams.

Even when Slough sat back for a while and eased off the pressure, the woeful Dagenham could manage only one real opportunity. Culverhouse's cross was met by a Cook header which appeared to fans to have entered the net but had in fact glided into the top of the outside of the goal.

Baron missed one more opening for the Rebels when he put a gallant header over from a Fiore corner, but a three goal margin will be more than enough for the second leg unless Dagenham sign a whole new team before the return trip on October 3.

Dagenham & R. Lineup


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