The Rebels brought in Danny Jordan and Craig O’Connor for their first starts of the season, and from the first minute, Slough looked to assert superiority over their Spartan South Midlands League opponents.
Danny Murphy intercepted well before going on a run and playing in O’Connor, who drilled a shot into the side netting early on.
With Tring Athletic working hard but threatening very little in attack, Slough always looked the most likely to take the lead, and broke the deadlock with nineteen minutes played. O’Connor outmuscled the Tring right-back and his cross-shot from the left was half-cleared by a combination of ‘keeper Sam Mazurek and a defender, but the rebound fell to Tyron Sealey, who picked out the top corner through a crowd of bodies.
The Slough pressure was incessant, and following a succession of corner kicks, Nathan Bowden-Haase had two headed goals ruled out for fouls on opposition defenders. On one occasion a decision was given against Graeme Edwards, when it looked like the ex-Crystal Palace man had in fact been fouled.
Tring were reduced to ten men after half an hour, giving the hosts an uphill struggle for the remainder of the game. Defender Matt Myatt was the guilty party, penalised for an over-the-top tackle on Paul Edgeworth, which caught the Slough captain’s shins.
Mazurek was busy again in the Tring goal, saving from O’Connor and Sealey, before Bowden-Haase’s third headed effort from a corner found the back of the net, doubling the Rebels’ lead a minute before half-time.
Tring battled hard in the early part of the second half, but aside from long shots from Tony Fields and Darren Franklin which Perks tipped over comfortably, did not trouble the Slough defence unduly.
The game was settled as a contest on 57 minutes as Danny Jordan glanced in a near post header from a Craig O’Connor cross.
With the Tring players tiring, the pace of the game dropped significantly and Slough were finding space to exploit and pull the hosts apart, particularly on the left flank where Sealey and O’Connor combined to good effect. Steve Sinclair headed a difficult chance over the bar from Sealey’s cross before young forward Mo Sharif replaced the excellent O’Connor, who had run the Tring defence ragged all game.
Chris Salmon headed a corner wide in a rare Tring attack, before Danny Jordan added a fourth Slough goal with five minutes remaining, firing past Mazurek at the second attempt after Sinclair had engineered a cross from the right flank, to complete a very comfortable win and safe passage through to the First Qualifying Round.
Slough Town Line Up
- 1 Ricky Perks
- 2 Simon Sweeney
- 3 Danny Murphy
- 4 Rob Kean
- 5 Nathan Bowden-Haase
- 6 Graeme Edwards
- 7 Steve Sinclair
- 8 Tyron Sealey
- 9 Danny Jordan
- 10 Craig O'Connor
- 11 Paul Edgeworth
Tring Athletic Line up
Sam Mazurek, Dave Salmon, Jack Copson (Chris Salmon), Matt Myatt, Steve Smith, Henry Thomas, Darren Franklin, David Whicker (Danny Gray), Mark Burfoot (c) (Vinnie Iannone), Tony Fields, Neil Roberts. Subs not used: Ashley Addison, Rob Duncan, Keith Eldridge.