Ten Goal Thriller Sees Rebels Progress



O'Carroll (12), McGinty (2-2), Reading (71), Ramsey (78)
Slough Town

Slough Town

Daly (2), Mi Bartley (6), Hakki (30), Keevil (43), Hawthorne (60 pen), McPherson (70)
Ryman League Cup Attendance: 107 Unknown
Slough Town recorded their first goals - and their first cup win of the season in a bizarre ten-goal thriller against Ryman division two side Wembley. The Rebels could not have made a better start to the match as they found themselves two-goals ahead in the opening six minutes. The first goal came from stand-in striker Steve Daly who was allowed space and time in the area. It was followed up two-minutes later by a goal for Michael Bartley after fine approach play involving Mark Hawthorne and Sam Keevill.

After these early goals the Rebels seemed to sit back and they were almost immediately punished. Wembley's Steve O'Carroll halved the deficit when he beat the Slough offside trap and hit a shot, which beat Slough goalkeeper Gary McCann despite the Rebels' keeper getting a strong hand to the ball. On twelve minutes Wembley amazingly found themselves level when a mistake by Slough debutant Marcel Nugent let Mark McGinty have the easiest of chances to beat McCann from three yards.

Slough seemed a little shell-shocked by the Wembley response and the home side could have gone in front on twenty-two minutes when O'Carroll shot over from the edge of the area after the pacey striker did well to control a long ball. Eventually Slough began to settle and soon took a stranglehold of the remaining minutes of the half. They nearly went in front midway through it when Mark Hawthorne's cross was missed by Bartley and Veli Hakki only for the ball to cannon off the post and rebound to safety. Just five minutes after that incident though, Steve Browne's men did find themselves in front. Keevill found himself with space on the right and picked out Hakki who saw his miss-hit shot sneak into the back of the net.

The away side restored their two goal cushion five minutes before half-time. A fine run and cross by Clement James gave Keevill the easiest of chances to head the ball into the back of the net for the goal the midfielder deserved for his first half performance from just three yards out. Slough started the second half the stronger of the two sides, but it took fifteen minutes into the half, to add to the Rebels tally.
Bartley was put clean through on goal by Hakki and rounded Wembley's goalkeeper Lee Clark. Clark brought the former Burnham striker down and consequently being the last man before goal he was sent-off. Midfielder Aman Tensue replaced Clark in goal and his first task was to face a penalty. He had no chance as Mark Hawthorne's confident dispatched his penalty into the roof of the net.

Then with twenty minutes remaining Slough added a sixth goal and new goalscorer when Keith McPherson powerfully headed Hawthorne's corner into the net. At this stage it seemed a question of how many goals the Rebels would score, but Wembley never gave up and pulled a goal back when Tony Readings hit a 25-yard thunderbolt into the top corner of the net - just a minute after McPherson's goal. As Slough sat back seeming content with the scoreline Wembley soon took advantage and with seventy-eight minutes gone, Myron Ramsey found himself with only McCann to beat and he slotted the ball past the goalkeeper to reduce the deficit to two-goals.

The biggest blow of the match for the Rebels came with eight minutes remaining. A scuffle in the centre circle resulted in Slough substitute Steve Stott being uncharacteristically and needlessly sent off. He will now miss the crucial Christmas games against Walton and Windsor. Despite the closer scoreline you felt that the Rebels could step up an extra gear if needed and in the remaining minutes they kept the ball well away from the danger areas and claimed their first cup victory of the season.

Wembley Lineup

Clark, Dyer, Dockwray, Harewood, Readings, Tensue, Bates, Sogbodjor, McGinty, Lawrence, O'Carroll. Subs: Ramsey, Hedges, Court


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