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Slough ease past Chertsey in League Cup

Chertsey Town

Chertsey Town

Slough Town

Slough Town

Smith (pen 67), S Harris (76, 88)
League Cup Attendance: 81 Scott Harris
Slough progressed to the Second Round of the Red Insure Cup with a comfortable win over struggling Chertsey Town.

After a goalless first half, two goals from Scott Harris followed a penalty from Eddie Smith as the Rebels ensured their passage into the next round.

Managers Neil Baker and Jon Underwood took the opportunity to make several changes from Saturday’s win at Maidenhead, with young midfielder Seb Castello making his full senior debut, and Rob Carrick also starting for the first time. James Hawtree replaced Jake Somerville in goal, whilst Wes Harrison came in for Sean Fraser.

Smith had an early effort cleared off the line, whilst Chertsey keeper Aulsberry, who had a busy evening, saved a George Short header and blocked a Castello shot with his legs.

Slough squandered a number of chances, with Eddie Smith dragging a shot wide and having another saved by Aulsberry, whilst Chertsey registered their first shot late in the half, but it was way off target.

The away side went ahead through a 67th minute spot kick from Smith, after Castello had been fouled in the box.

Smith was replaced by Darren Wheeler shortly afterwards, and the winger had the next good chance, but his chip over Aulsberry was cleared off the line, with the follow-up effort also blocked.

Hawtree was called into action rarely, but the young stopper, dual-registered with Bracknell Town this season, was alert to claim the ball well after a good move from the Curfews.

Shortly after Ryan Lake glanced a corner wide, Slough made sure of the win with a second goal, claimed by Scott Harris.

Adam Foulser made a welcome return to action, replacing the injured Michael Blount in the closing stages, and Castello came close to a debut goal, but he fired at Aulsberry after a run which took him past three defenders.

But with two minutes remaining, Harris claimed his second and Slough's third goal, finishing from close range after Aulsberry had kept out a glancing header from Short. The striker now has four in his last four games, whilst Smith has scored eleven in his last seven games, and has scored in each of the last five games.

Joint manager Underwood reacted to the win, commenting via Twitter: “Not a classic game but job done, a 3-0 win and through to the next round. Great to see Adam Foulser back in a Rebels shirt at last and an encouraging debut from young Seb Castello. Fingers crossed for Michael Blount”.

Chertsey Town Lineup

Aulsberry, Green, Cousins, Morris, Blake, Wain, Hogesden, Sharp, Hennessey, Pomroy, Jeffers. Subs: Betts, O'Regan, White, Brunt.


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