In a change from the Tuesday game at Burnham, Danny Jordan lined up alongside Kean in midfield for Slough, with Platt and Romeo leading the line. Youth team defender Kyle Jeffrey made his debut at right-back in the absence of Simon Sweeney.
In a bright start for the Rebels, Platt headed a half-chance wide of the near post from ten yards. Good link-up play between Romeo and Iwediuno then resulted in Platt being found in plenty of space, but the striker failed to make a connection with only Manley to beat.
Good pressure from Slough then saw a long ball over the top put Romeo clean through on goal, but the striker’s shot from the edge of the box thundered back off the underside of the bar. Dean Harper also had a headed effort from a free-kick disallowed for a foul on Manley.
Chances were few and far between for Bridgwater, but Jackson had to be alert to collect a low drive from Young. The hosts started to come alive after about half an hour as Trowbridge was put through with a chipped ball over the top. His lob on the turn was watched well wide by a relieved Jackson.
The pivotal moment of the entire game came on 38 minutes. Yashwa Romeo appeared to have his foot stamped on deliberately, and the referee saw him flick a leg out in a half-hearted retaliatory manner. For this, Romeo was shown a straight red card, which immediately gave Slough an uphill task after such a bright first half showing.
The Rebels made it to half time with the game scoreless, despite half chances for Jordan and Bridgwater’s Price just before half time. However, the second half was a completely different story as Slough collapsed with their one man disadvantage proving costly. Just six minutes in, Young received the ball in behind the defence and made no mistake slotting over Jackson to give the Somerset side the lead.
Immediately, Rebels players’ heads began to drop, and Slough conceded another just two minutes later. Slough failed to deal with a ball in from the right and the ball was worked across to the back post where Young was able to bring the ball down on the six yard line and fire in his second from close range.
Bridgwater were now dominating proceedings and Pepperell put an effort wide after beating Fenton for pace. But the hosts soon netted their third; Jackson pulled off a great save from Duharty and the ball fell to Dan Forward who made no mistake and picked out the top corner from ten yards with a well struck volley.
Two more quick-fire goals arrived in the 70th and 72nd minutes. Working the ball expertly from side to side to make the extra man count, Bridgwater played the ball through to King, who finished with aplomb into the top corner at the near post. There was no respite for Slough as Jeffrey was beaten on the left hand side and Jackson pulled off a good save, only to see the ball poked in in the middle by King for his side’s fifth.
Despite battling hard, attacks were few and far between for Slough, but Jordan played in Gumbs who turned his man well but shot wide. Then Jordan’s effort was deflected wide for a corner, from which Platt picked up the half cleared ball on the edge, but the striker couldn’t connect well with his volley and the keeper collected easily.
Slough’s misery was completed six minutes from time as Duharty received the ball on the inside left channel and curled a stunning effort around Jackson and into the far corner.
Bridgwater Town Line up
1. Tom Manley, 2. Jamie Price, 3. Jamie Laird, 4. Bradley Middleton, 5. Mike Taylor, 6. Graham Merceica, 7. Ben Kirk, 8. Dan Forward, 9. Chris Young, 10. Brett Trowbridge, 11. Nat Pepperell Subs: 12. Ryan King, 14. Jamie Howson, 15. Pete Monks, 16. Marcus Duharty, 17. Mitch O'Donnell.