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Slough Town

Slough Town

Marshall (27, 67, 70), Hall (31, 52)
Bishop's Stortford

Bishop's Stortford

FA Trophy Attendance: 428 Dwight Marshall
A hat-trick from Dwight Marshall and two goals from Mark Hall blew visitors Bishops Stortford away and ensured Slough progressed in the FA Trophy.

Slough aimed to put their recent poor league form behind them in this FA Trophy first round encounter with their Ryman Division One opposition. The first half chance of the game fell to Stortford's Trevor Paul, who managed to make some space for a cross on the left hand side of the Slough area, but could only direct his effort behind for a goal kick.

This kicked Slough into action and the ever impressive Leon Townley crossed from the right to the head of Barrowcliff who headed over. A minute later, Slough had what seemd a perfectly good goal by Hall disallowed by the referee, only to have the free kick taken again.

Slough were pushing hard for an opener and a good save by Hart prevented Wilkinson from getting his first goal for the Rebels after being put through by Barrowcliff.

Stortford's best chance of the half fell to Paul, as he pushed the ball past Chandler and from an acute angle sturck his shot off the upright and off for a goal kick with Honey beaten.

But Slough did break the deadlock on 27 minutes and Marshall's first of the afternoon was set up from a through ball from Hall, flicking on a long defensive free kick into the path of the run of Marshall. His first touch took him across the goal before hitting a weak shot back across, but Hart was beaten as the ball trickled in.

Slough's next chance of the game brought them another goal. Wilkinson crossed the ball from the right wing and with Hart coming to gather the ball, the presence of Hall distracted the keeper as he misjudged the flight of the ball, and Hall headed home into an empty net.

Leon Townley was the next player to get an opening for Slough after Lambert broke through and showed great unselfishness to release Townley down the right wing of the box only to see the versatile defender hit his shot narrowly wide.

Shortly after, a great through ball by Hall, cheekily scooping the ball between two defenders saw Barrowcliff break clean through and was adjudged to have been brought down by the keeper with the referee awarding a penalty. Hall stepped up to take the resulting kick, but blazed over from 12 yards.

Stortford then nearly got themselves back into the game when the lively Comerford earned a free kick near the edge of the Slough area. Southam stepped up to take the free kick, but hit the ball narrowly wide of Honey's left hand post in the last chance of the half.

Slough started brightly again in the second half, and with the first real chance found themselves three goals up.

Barrowcliff released Hall through the middle, and Hall had enough time to pick his spot past Hart, shooting across the keeper low into the corner of the net.

For Stortford, Doherty hit a shot over following a goalmouth scramble when he should have done better.

Marshall received the ball from a long Honey clearance soon after and held off Braham to get a shot in, but it was a weak effort and comfortably gathered by Hart.

Slough were soon to increase their lead after a Kerr free kick was well tipped over by Hart. From the resulting corner, Hall met the ball at the front post flicking it on and causing confusion. The ball hit the upright and fell to Marshall at the back post who hit a tame looking shot which just managed to cross the line before being cleared, putting the Rebels in a recently unfamiliar position of 4-0 up.

Within three minutes Marshall completed his hat trick after being released by Hall through the middle with a composed finsh.

Damian Markman was then brought on to replace Hall, and his next contribution was nearly putting the ball in the net. Lambert released Barrowcliff down the left wing, and his low cross caused confusion between Hart and Bowen as Markman narrowly missed connecting as the ball ran safely across the six yard line before being cleared.

It was Markman's cross field ball which released Marshall in search of his fourth goal for the game, but some good tracking by Kimble ensured that a hat trick would suffice.

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