Slough's FA Trophy run came to an end despite a spirited
performance at Gravesend's Stonebridge Road. A brace from Michael
Murphy had given the visitors an unlikely lead, but the Conference
side hit back and claimed a place in the Quarter-Final.
nine minutes on the clock and the visitors had got off to a bad
start. Paul McCarthy capitalised on poor defending and guided a free
header into the far corner.
Things didn't get much better for the Rebels. In only his second
game since coming back from injury, midfielder Darron Wilkinson
(pictured left) had to go off with yet another injury and was
replaced by Glen Harris.
about a quarter of the game gone, Michael Murphy (pictured right)
equalised for Slough with a spectacular strike from no less than 30
yards, the shot dipping over former Rebels goalkeeper Paul Wilkerson
and in off the underside of the crossbar.
From then on it was all Gravesend. Only desperate defending
prevented the home side from retaking the lead.
The 2nd half started pretty brightly for the Rebels, who were
attacking more rather than sitting back and defending.
Michael Murphy scored his second of the afternoon when he
hammered a free-kick past the 'keeper and into the net.
gave Slough hope of another giantkilling act, but class and fitness
levels eventually paid off and Jay Saunders levelled the scores when
again poor defending let the visitors down, Saunders tapping in a
cross from close range.
Gravesend's top goalscorer Manny Omoyinmi put the hosts into the
last eight when he beat Ian Hodges (pictured left) and guided a shot
from inside the area across the goalmouth and into the far corner.
Despite Slough's best efforts of getting back into the game, they
couldn't find another equaliser and bowed out of the competition,
despite making a good account of themselves.