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Farnborough 2-0 Rebels

Farnborough end Rebels Cup dream
by Ted on 30/09/2006

Another 2-0 defeat means that Slough's FA Cup dream is over for another season.

Farnborough Town

Slough Town



Bradley Garness
Matt Pattison
FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
Cherrywood Road
Saturday 30th September 2006
The Report
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 recent performances.

In heavy 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 over.

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.

The Teams

Farnborough Town

Slough Town

1. Kevin Scriven
2. Ben Townsend
3. Jamie Whisken
4. Nick Burton
5. Sean Hankin
6. Steve Laidler
7. Matt Pattison (16)
8. Russell Pym (12)
9. Richard Hodgeson
10. Michael-Lee Charles
11. Bradley Garness (14)
1. Kieron Drake
2. Mark Bartley
3. Curtis Ujah (12)
4. Jamie Jarvis
5. Marc Leach
6. Steve Daly (c)
7. Leigh Mason
8. Darron Wilkinson
9. Adam Wallace
10. Gareth McCleary
11. Michael Alexis
Subs Subs
12. Bashiru Alimi (8)
14. Tyron Smith (11)
15. Phil Leonard
16. Adrian Graham (7)
17. Jonty Venter
12. Anaclet Odhiambo (3)
14. Ravi Briach
15. Daryl Harris
16. George Moleski
17. Mark West
Manager Ian McDonald Manager Eddie Denton

Attendance: 525

Match Officials

Referee Mr. M. Thompson
Assistant Referee Mr. A. Mawby
Assistant Referee Mr. P. Webb

RebelsOnline Man of the Match

Darron Wilkinson

Marshalled the midfield superbly, just shades it over Leigh Mason.

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