Slough won an entertaining final 3-1 to lift the Bryco Cup. I have
no idea what the Hampton side was as, despite the advertising and
programme saying 7.45, the match kicked off at 7.30. Probably two
thirds of the crowd were Slough supporters.
Playing a 3-4-3 system
with Hodges back up front, the team battled hard in both halves to
end up worthy winners.
Hampton were first to go close in the 9th minute, and Hampton
showed more brightly in the early exchanges, in which both sides
tended to route 1. Parkin made a good save after 12 minutes.
Slough started to get into the game after 20 minutes and the match
was entertaining to both sets of fans, with a more even end to end
After 22 mins, Carbon crossed from the wing, a swirling high
cross over the keeper into the top of the net. Well worth seeing on
Both sides then played with more width, taking turns to apply
pressure. After 41, Hampton equalised with a shot that either
deceived Parkin or took a deflection, as he dived away from the
shot. Soon after the Hampton No 3 got himself sent off for throwing
the ball at Hodges while Hodges was on the ground. Many handbags
ensued, and Carbon was also booked.
Hampton again started the 2nd half brightly, but gradually Slough
exerted pressure, often switching wings to try to exploit the extra
man. Slough had the better chances and more pressure, but apart from
Hodges hitting the post, the pressure counted for little. Hampton
still looked dangerous on the counter attack.
After 74 the deadlock was broken in Slough's favour, with Hodges,
back where he is most influential, controlling and knocking in a
Smurf 2 had a goal disallowed as Hampton's search for an
equaliser, left them exposed at the back on a number of occasions.
In the 91st the chase left Hampton exposed as Hodges intercepted a
pass by the Hampton keeper, rounded him to make the score 3-1 and
safe. To add insult to injury, Hodges very nearly made it a hat
Great stuff, and rapturous applause from a happy Slough crowd,
who have had to watch some disappointing games recently. Tonight,
those disappointments were forgotten.