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Wed Nov 29

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Hertford Town Blues (H)
Wed Nov 29 14:00
The National League U19 Alliance

Cup win brings joy for Rebels

| Isthmian Lge Cup
Att: 93
0 - 1
Slough Town
Denton (41)
Richard Peirson
Slough Town scraped into the secound round of the Isthmian League Cup with a narrow 1-0 win at Abingdon Town on Tuesday. In an uninspiring game played on a poor surface, Slough struggled ot put Abingdon out of the competition, even though the Rebels play their football two divisions higher in the Ryman League.

Slough controlled most of the game but were unable to make their domination count up front, and Abingdon's defence coped comfortably with Slough's advances after Neville Roach was substituted at the break.

Paul Hardyman left himself and Mark Fiore on the bench, while Andrew Deaner sat out to complete the first game of his three match ban.

The last time Slough visited Abingdon, in 1990, two goals from Tommy Langley and one from Steve Thompson earned the Rebels a comfortable 3-0 in in the semi-finals of the Berks and Bucks Senior Cup.

But it was a different story this time and, although Slough never looked in danger of losing, threats on the Abingdon goal were few and far between after the break as the Rebels' attack performed well below expectations in the second half.

After the home side failed to capitalise on a basic error by Eddie Denton inside the first minute, Slough's defence was rarely troubled as Rebels keeper Paul Wilkerson enjoyed what will probably be one of his quietest games of the season.

At the other end, Slough carved out numerous chances as they ripped through Abingdon's defence, but they were continually let down by either a poor final pass or ineffective shooting.

Colin Fleet enjoyed an impressive game in the Abingdon goal, however. He kept out a 30 yard drive from Graham Kemp before Denton converted the game's only goal on 41 minutes following a goalmouth scramble.

Slough had chances to extend their lead before the interval, but were denied a second goal by the crossbar and two goal-line clearances.

The Rebels rarely looked like increasing their advantage in the second period after Roach and Kenny Hughes were withdrawn at the interval, with Abingdon's forwards performing as well as their Slough counterparts in a generally poor second half.

Town squandered two good chances in the second period, while Dudley Gardener wasted a chance to make it 2-0 when he shot straight at the keeper in a one-on-one situation, as Slough edged through to the next round of the competition.

Abingdon Line up


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