Cirencester edge past Slough with 80th-minute winner
FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round Replay.
Cirencester Town 1 Slough Town 0.
A NEAT 80th-minute header from Steve Davies earned Cirencester Town an away tie at Banbury in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup after an end-to-end encounter at the Corinium.
Davies restored to the side after missing a couple of games with a groin strain, bagged the winner in a game that, like Saturday's original clash, could have gone either way.
Slough Town, with the classy Darren Wheeler showing pace and delivering quality crosses from both flanks, probably just had the edge in a competitive opening half, although neither attack were able to carve out any clear-cut chances against two well-organised defences.
After a tepid start to the second period, the game started to open up and became a thrilling end-to-end encounter for the last half-hour.
While striker Scott Harris went close on a couple of occasions, it was Ciren who fashioning the cleanest opportunities, although Collier (twice) and Bennett failed to trouble keeper Somerville with the goal in their sights.
Then, with ten minutes left on the clock, a trademark Ellis Dunton howitzer was returned to the left back. This time he curled a teasing cross into the box where Davies, finding a yard or two of space, skillfully guided his header into the net from ten yards.
Ciren continued to defend resolutely where necessary to see out the remaining minutes in relative security.
Victory earned the club a valuable £1,500 for progressing to the next stage with the best part of two grand up for grabs in the Banbury tie, which will take place Saturday, September 14.
Cirencester Town: Garner, Anson (capt), Dunton, Mortimer-Jones, Beeden, Henry, Shepherd (Bennett, 58), Hooper (Bond, 82), Collier (Bevan, 83), Davies, Smith. Unused subs: Bromley, Jack Smith.
Standard MoM: Jon Beeden.