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Slough Town 1-3 Kingstonian

Kingstonian's first win at Wexham Park ever didn't exactly spark off a Slough samba but it did set up a rather attractive third round tie against Tooting or Worthing down Norbiton way, which in the absence of a carnival atmosphere, scantily dressed women and dancing transsexuals, will do us. Funny old night, K's had loads of pressure, Scotty Steele ran his legs off, Sills marauded and Craig Rocastle staked a claim, but it was still the Rebels who scored first, a stupendous goal that still takes some believing. The friendly bombs are supposed to fall on Slough, not poor Adrian Jones. Striker Richard Gleaner, son of the Rebels chairman to rub salt into the wound, saw young Jones just off his line wondering where "The Office" was filmed, and lobbed him from some 40 yards or so. On cue a firework display filled the night air, which was either the Gleaner family celebrating their offspring's wonder goal or perhaps Diwali. The second half saw normal service resumed, Steele poked an equaliser home early on but then again it all got a little bit fraught. Tim Sills headed against a bar but Slough rebelled in the last 10 forcing Jones to make all sorts of interesting body shapes to keep K's in it. In fact Slough could have set up that banker home tie which I'm sure would have compensated for losing to Harrogate Railway in the first round of the FA Cup. As expected extra time tiredness threw up a couple of defensive howlers, from the home side, that set up Mr Sills the assassin, and he took them without mercy. As for Sammy Winston he was unfortunately injured but former K's custodian Adrian Blake was on the bench for the home side.

The game started predictably enough with the K's clearly the better side but typically went one down. Tim Sills swept in a cross from the left on 4 minutes which was swept away by Slough skipper and former K's tormentor Paul Barrowcliff. Two minutes later a Scott Steele corner saw Tim Sills drive the ball goalwards, but keeper Dominique Jean-Zepherin saved with his feet. Then a high curling ball from the right saw Jean-Zepherin hold a James Pinnock header. On 12 minutes Steele, who had a busy and influential game, sent in a fierce low drive from the edge of the home box that was smothered at full-stretch by the Rebels custodian. On 24 minutes a curling cross from Steele out on the right saw a trademark Sills header but a diving Jean-Zepherin did well to hold. A minute later though it was the home side who took the lead with their first effort on target and what a thing of joy it was. Striker ANDREW DEANER just inside the K's box, hugging the centre circle, let loose a Nayim Ronaldinho-type lob that sailed over the K's keeper and before you could say semen it was nestling in the back of the old onion bag. It certainly shook the Surrey side certainly the home supporters, back came Steele who set up Pinnock on the near post but he found the side netting and then Wingfield sent in a high cross that sailed over Jean-Zepherin, but it went begging.

Steve and Kim's interaction with their staff would have certainly impressed David Brent because on seven minutes into the new half K's were back in the game when Lampton found Pinnock out on the right. His run and high cross for the far post saw an unmarked SCOTT STEELE strike the ball first time past a diving Jean-Zepheran. Three minutes later more K's pressure with a Steele corner which saw a Pete Barnsby header deflected over. Steele's second corner was dropped by Jean-Zepherin and Sean Thurgood hooked it back in but Sills headed over. On 58 minutes the K's should have taken the lead, a curling Pinnock cross from out on the left saw Tim Sills rise above the home defence on the far post but he could only head the ball against the bar. Jones then made a high, long clearance, flicked on by Tim Sills, for Pinnock who found Lampton but he could only volley over. On 70 minutes a dangerous high cross from Steele deep into the home goalmouth was headed over his own bar by Nick Gyoury. With the third round beckoning the Rebels began to come into the game and had the best of the closing stages, Alvin Bubb waltzed into the K's box but was shepherded out for a goalkick by skipper Barnsby. Then Byron Bubb wasted a free-kick on the edge of the K's box. On 81 minutes Steele had a similar free-kick at the other end but it was a little too soft to worry Jean-Zepherin. With four minutes to go sub Christian Metcalfe set up Darron Willkinson for a rising drive from 20 yards that was well held by Jones. A minute later sub Ryan Spencer let loose a fierce low drive deep in the K's box but Jones did well again to block on his line. From Spencer's corner Gyoury's header saw Jones block at full-stretch. In the final minute Alvin Bubb broke through down the middle of the park but again Jones saved his strong drive. With extra-time fast approaching a Mark Jones throw set up K's man of the match Steele down the left but his measured chip into the Rebels goalmouth was well smothered by Jean-Zepherin.

In the first minute of extra time it was Alvin Bubb again who sent in a low hard drive through a forest of players that Jones blocked with his legs. But it was the K's who grabbed the all-important second goal. On 95 minutes a Lampton low cross from the right was spilled by a full-stretch Jean-Zepherin allowing TIM SILLS to drill the ball home. On 107 minutes a Sills cross from the right saw a Green knock down for Lampton, but he could only blast the ball across the face of the Slough goal. With seven minutes to go a tired Slough defender Anthony Howard sent in a back pass without looking that was never going to reach his goalkeeper so TIM SILLS intercepted, took off on his own and curl the ball low around a stranded Jean-Zepherin.

Tue 19th Nov 2002
Wexham Park
Isthmian League Cup 2nd round
Slough Town1
Steele, Sills (2)
1Adrian Jones
2Neil Lampton
3Sean Thurgood16
4Bashiru Alimi
5Peter Barnsby
6Julian Sills
7James Pinnock14
8Craig Rocastle
9Tim Sills
10Scott Steele
11Phil Wingfield12
12Mark Jones11
13Lance Key
14Ronnie Green7
15Liam Collins
16Max Hustwick3
Man of the Match
Adrian Jones
Adrian Jones
Match Report By
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