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Underwood delighted after Slough Town take a step closer to FA Cup first round

SLOUGH Town’s victory over Poole Town in the FA Cup third qualifying round last Saturday wasn’t necessarily the best performance the Rebels have put in this season, but joint manager Jon Underwood was delighted they’d taken a step closer to the first round proper.

Second half goals from Chris Flood and George Wells were enough for the home side who once again were forced to come from behind after Warren Harris had fired the Dolphins into a first half lead.

Slough are riding high in the Premier Division this season and while the FA Cup isn’t their main priority, the squad is large enough for the Rebels to give their all in every competition.

It means they’ll be doing their utmost to book a place in the first round proper when Bostik Premier Division Folkstone Invicta visit Arbour Park on October 14.

“Yeah we were really pleased,” said Underwood.

“Although they (Poole) were a Conference South side we were confident because we usually do well at home and they weren't having the best of times, so we felt it was a good time to play them.

“While we weren't at our best we were the better side and created more chances.

“We were a bit flat in the first half, which is surprising given it was the FA Cup, but we were much improved after the break.”

Poole keeper Nick Hutchings conceded a soft goal when he allowed Wells’ late strike to slip through his fingers and into the net, gifting Slough their progression to the next round.

“The keeper’s had a ricket. It’s one of those he’ll want to forget and won’t want to see again,” added Neil Baker.

“Listen, I don’t think we were completely at the top of our game today.

“But it’s the FA Cup, it doesn’t matter how you get through. We were dogged and deserved to win.

“We’re in every competition and we’re going to go for it in every competition at the moment until we start picking up injuries. If that happens we’ll re-evaluate it, but for the time being and with the squad we’ve got we’ll be strong.”

Slough face a couple of difficult league games, at home to Biggleswade tomorrow (Saturday) and away to Merthyr Town on Tuesday, before welcoming Folkstone in the FA Cup a week tomorrow.

“With the FA Cup you do look ahead and remind yourself who you could face if you got through to the first round, the likes of Blackburn and Portsmouth,” said Underwood. “That's why you want to get through but we do that as a motivator, not because we're getting ahead of ourselves. And although the FA Cup is important it still comes second to the league which is our priority.”


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