Slough went out of the FA cup courtesy
of an efficient and strong Conference South Farnborough side who
were simply too good for them. It was however a respectable
performance by Slough who fought all the way, in contrast to some
rain it was Farnborough who made all the going in the first half,
with Slough Keeper Drake being forced into several good saves.
Slough's plans were upset by the early injury to Curtis Ujah, who
was taken off on a stretcher early in the game. Soon afterwards
Garness fought his way through the Slough defence and Drake could
only deflect the shot up and into the net.
Slough did launch some attacks,
mainly through an improved Mason, but rarely seriously threatened,
while Farnborough always looked dangerous.
The second half was not dissimilar,
though Slough had more possession than in the first half, and
although they huffed and puffed, rarely looked dangerous, while
Farnborough were always fast to breakaway and looked the most likely
to score, Drake again foiling them with some fine saves.
Slough missed 2 chances to equalise,
the first when McCleary wasted some good work by beating 2
Farnborough players only to blaze wide, followed shortly after by
Odihambo being bundled over in the penalty area. I've seen those
given more often than not, but Refs must be aware how easily he is
knocked off the ball, and that must put doubts in their minds.
Anyway, the inevitable happened. Slough pushed forward, Farnborough
countered and Pattison scored with a fine angled shot. 2-0, and game
Slough appeared to be growing in
confidence at this stage and it was Alexis who next tried out his
shooting boots from twenty-five yards but the ball ran wide.
McCleary who was clearly having some success in one on ones with
Townsend once again cut in from the left only for his shot this time
to be too close to Scriven who comfortably pushed the ball clear.
Slough’s best chance of the match
fell to Anaclet Odhiambo following a quick break from a Farnborough
corner on the 71st minute. It appeared the Odihambo was hurried into
the shot as the defence began to catch him and the shot lacked power
for Scriven to save comfortably again.
Slough were clearly having the better
of the second half but were failing to create any clear cut chances
up front despite the best efforts of Wallace and Odhiambo to force
the issue. In the 76th minute Odhiambo had an appeal for a penalty
turned down as he was muscled off the ball by the impressive Whisken.
On the 81st minute any Farnborough
nerves were eased and Slough’s FA Cup hopes were ended as Matt
Pattison rifled a fine shot into the bottom right hand corner of
Drake’s goal to make it two nil.
With just nine minutes remaining plus
injury time it appeared there was little hope for Slough who were
pushed into sending Leach up front for the final moments.
Whilst it was clear that Farnborough
deserved the victory it was a case of what might have been for
Slough and their supporters who left Cherrywood Road looking to
concentrate on the league.