Slough progressed in to the 4th Round of the highly prestigious
Westview League Cup, courtesy of beating struggling Redbridge for
the third time this season.
The 1st half was very scrappy, with
both sides finding it hard to control the ball on the wet pitch,
making any decent football impossible.
It should have been 2 or 3 all instead of the 1-0 half-time
scoreline, with both sides squandering good chances; a Redbridge
forward hitting the ball at Rebels 'keeper Michael Parkin when he
should have scored, and a solo run from new signing Gareth McCleary
forcing a good save from the goalkeeper, but Ian Hodges failing to
make contact on the ball for the rebound.
broke the deadlock four minutes before half-time, Ian Hodges (pictured
right) calmly heading the ball into the near corner following a
cross from the right wing.
From the restart, the Rebels lost and regained their lead in
quick succession. Firstly, Ian Luck capitalised on poor defending to
smack the ball into the bottom corner before Ian Hodges tucked the
ball into the back of the net after beating the Redbridge no.4.
The lead was doubled midway through the second-half, with Jamie
Brooks scrambling the ball into the net off the goalkeeper's feet
from close range.
visitors gave themselves a glimmer of hope with a bizarre second
goal. From a Redbridge goal kick, the ball carried in the wind and
sailed up the pitch. Slough goalkeeper Michael Parkin (pictured
left) called for it, but misjudged the bounce and the ball sailed
over his head and into the net, with Redbridge forward
Jimmy Noakes getting the slightest of touches in the process.
Despite Redbridge pressurising the Slough goal in an attempt to force
a replay, Slough held on for the win and a place in the next round.