01:23PM, Monday 06 November 2017
Photo by Gary House
Slough Town fans will be glued to BBC 2 this evening (Monday) to find out who the Rebels get in the second round of the FA Cup.
The Rebels are through to the second round of the competition for only the seventh time in their 127 year history after their demolition job on National League North Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday.
Slough are one of the lowest ranked non league clubs remaining in the competition and will be ball number 34 in tonight’s draw.
Former winners Blackburn Rovers and Coventry City, who defeated Maidenhead United 2-0 at the Ricoh Arena yesterday, remain in the draw, but on this form no one would want to be paired with the Rebels.
Local rivals Wycombe Wanderers are ball number 35. They comfortably beat Solihull Moors 2-0 yesterday to advance into the second round.
The draw will be televised live on BBC 2 and BT Sport from 7pm.
Slough midfielder Matt Lench walked away with the match ball on Saturday after striking his second hat-trick in as many games to help bring down their higher level hosts.
His first before the break followed a mazy run into the penalty area and his second, a peach of a strike into the top corner after the interval, firmly put the Rebels on course for the second round.
Having been sent into raptures the travelling Slough Town hoards were then in dreamland when Chris Flood outmuscled Nathan Stainfield to head home Manny Williams’ cross six minutes later. Williams added a fourth with 20 minutes to play, sliding the ball into the bottom corner, while Sean Fraser was in the right place at the right time to tap home the club’s fifth after a James Dobson shot was parried by the Gainsborough keeper.
There was still time for Lench to sweep home his third, and for Gavin James to win, and then miss, a late penalty, but six goals without reply was still enough to give joint management team Neil Baker and Jon Underwood one of their best days in football management.
The FA Cup second round matches will take place over the weekend of December 1-4.
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