Slough Town were knocked out of this seasons' FA Trophy via a 2-1
defeat at the hands of Bishops Stortford. In a fiercely fought
encounter, Slough Town were poor in the first half but good in the second.
Bishops Stortford totally dominated the early part of the game.
They could have gone ahead in the first minute had it not been for
Alan Foster saving McKeown's shot and for Danny Steer's clearance
off the line.
It was two minutes later when Bishops Stortford had another
chance to break the deadlock. Gwillam's shot was well saved by Alan
Foster but soon afterwards, Adrian Browne gifted them another
opportunity to score.
He took down a Stortford player on the edge of the area. Grant
Cooper took the free-kick that went just over the crossbar.
Bishops Stortford were dominating, but the Slough defence stood
firm and blocked out any opportunities for Stortford to score.
A Bishops Stortford goal was just around the corner though.
Debutant Darren Wiltshire headed home from a Grant Cooper free-kick
that no Slough defender could reach.
Slough soon scored an unexpected equaliser. Ryan Spencer ran
through the Stortford defence and crossed it into the area for Matt
Miller to hit the ball into the net.
Bishops Stortford could have retaken the lead immediately after
that. Alan Foster was again on hand to stop a Southam shot. Danny
Steer was again on hand to clear it off the line.
The half-time whistle went and Slough went into the break at 1-1
and with some work to do.
Nick Gyoury went off early in the second half and was replaced by
Glen Harris ran through the Stortford defence and upon realising
that their keeper was off his line, seized the opportunity to shoot.
Unluckily for him it rebounded off the crossbar and the Stortford
defence were able to clear the danger.
Slough were now matching their Premier Division opponents.
The lack of pace in defence lead to Stortford's second goal and
the match winner. Adrian Browne was beaten by Southam who then shot
from 25 yards out. The low ball managed to slide underneath the arms
of Alan Foster and into the empty net.
Tony Boot later came on for Freddie Hyatt to inject some spirit
into the downed Slough team. This seemed to have an immediate effect
because soon afterwards Ian Hodges headed just wide of the
For the remainder of the game Slough battled hard but were unable
to find another equaliser.
So, that's another season of FA Trophy football out the window.
Maybe next year...