This years FA Cup campaign started with
a shortish trip to Cobham, who play in the Combined Counties League.
There was a friendly welcome, a pleasant ground which they seem to
be developing and loads of parking space. Slough were without
McCleary and Woodruffe, (injured), and Glynn (left for Oxford
Slough were straight out of the
traps, and within the first couple of minutes caused a goalmouth
scramble from which a goal could easily have resulted. Cobham soon
settled down, and during the next 20 minutes a pattern
emerged—Slough had the skill, but Cobham chased and harried
everything in true FA cup underdog style. It nearly paid dividends
too when after about 20 minutes their No.7, who had an impressive
game, broke clear on their right, but blazed wide.
game was hard fought, but somewhat lacking in incident until the
25th minute which saw the start of an action packed quarter of an
hour. Cobham started the action when another break on the right saw
a long cross only partially palmed away by Drake, allowing Mesher to
slot home. This seemed to spur Slough into action as within a couple
of minutes Slough seemed to have equalized through Wallace (?) in a
goalmouth melee, but the ref disallowed for a handball.
Slough were not to be denied though
as Alexis picked up a loose ball from a
saved shot resulting from a corner, 1-1. Slough kept up the pace
with Jarvis nearly scoring from an overhead kick, then deservedly
took the lead in the 40th minute when Jarvis drilled a low one home
from the edge of the box. Dell was substituted just before
half time with a knee injury.
second half was more even, Slough protecting their lead, and
frustrating Cobham. Mark Bartley showed some promising touches on
the right, and seems much improved since his last spell with us.
Odhiambo hit the post from one of Bartley’s crosses, Cobham chased
the game, missed a couple of half chances, and got more frustrated
as the game came to a close. Slough shut the game down, surviving a
few scares in the process. Not pretty at the end, but effective.
Home to Maidenhead in the second round please (if they win their
replay away at Caterton).