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The Vanarama National League South

Paris led Rebels take it easy

| Isthmian Lge Sub. Cup
Att: 456
Slough Town
Bushay (1), West (10, 55)
3 - 0
Dagenham & R.
Alan Paris
Slough unveiled three players they hope will lift their flagging fortunes of recent weeks as they cruised through their Spalding Cup tie on Tuesday night.

Not that the trio could have been more different - Paul Frame, eased into goal after injuries to Bunting and Preddie, has plugged away in the reserves for two years; full-back Chris Honor is a new signing from Airdrie with a Scottish Cup winners' medal and an impressive pedigree north of the border, while Alan Paris is the former Crystal Palace and Slough defender and current youth team coach, rescued from injury-forced retirement, is the sort of leader on the pitch the Rebels need more of.

They could not have hoped for an easier start to their first team careers as Dagenham, ambitionless after a disastrous first leg, simply plodded aimlessly around the pitch doing their duty in playing out the 90 minutes.

Within 44 seconds of the start, any hopes they may have harboured of coming from behind were dashed when Bushay finished a messy move involving West and Rake by tapping in Stone's cross from the right.

West, with a low header from a Stone ball, came close on nine minutes and was closer a minute later when he sidefooted home a goal similar to and just as forgettable as the first after Rake had flown down the by-line.

Further chances were stifled by a strict offside trap which caught Bushay alone a good half-a-dozen times, while the visitors did summon up enough enthusiasm to hit the bar three times over the course of the game, most notably in the final five minutes as Wilson rocketed a shot onto the underside of the woodwork from 25 yards out.

The third goal on 55 minutes came mainly through substitute Garfield Blackman's pace, as he wriggled past his marker and found West completely unmarked from two yards out.

From then on, both sides were Just waiting for the whistle and showed it. Honor threatened brilliance with a 35-yard effort which lacked that final curl and was finally caught by Gothard, while Blackman hit the side-netting with a brave diving header from Fiore's cross.

And the debutants? Frame had little to do but did it all well, Honor was surprisingly quiet but showed enough professional touches to suggest he will be quite an asset, while Paris walked off with the man of the match award after peeling hack the years with a commanding if cautious display in the centre of defence. There's hope yet, then.

Dagenham & R. Line up

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