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Slough Town too good for young Royals in Berks and Bucks Cup final

In 1981, the world fell in love with an American archaeologist known as Indiana Jones, who braved the depths of a booby-trapped Peruvian temple to retrieve a golden artefact.

Travel a few thousand miles around the globe and Slough Town were lifting their own prize in the same year, in the shape of the Berks and Bucks Cup after a comfortable 2-0 win over Milton Keynes City, where the Rebels scored twice in the opening 20 minutes.

Unlike fans of the Indiana Jones series, Rebels’ fans were made to wait for their next instalment of Berks and Bucks success, 38 years to be precise.

But, on Monday, the final whistle brought jubilations as Slough beat Reading FC Academy 3-1 to claim their 15th county cup success.

Sam Togwell led by example as the captain thumped home the opener from a corner after Royals’ goalkeeper Myles Roberts had misjudged the flight of the ball.

That lead was soon doubled by Manny Williams from the penalty spot, before Thierry Nevers halved the deficit to set up an interesting second half.

The Rebels were more than up to the challenge, turning up the heat and sealing the deal with a thumping finish late in the day from Josh Jackman.

“[I’m] really pleased,” said Slough Town joint-manager Neil Baker.

“It’s a great way to finish a season. Thought we played really well on the day and with only 12 players it was always going to be a bit of a stretch. 

“But the lads gave it their all, they have all season.

“Delighted to be able to finish on a win and we can now start looking forward to next season. I thought we deserved to be in front and then they scored a really good goal on the break and I thought the last 10, 15 minutes before half-time they were in the ascendency a little bit.”

The victory means the Rebels end their season on an 11-match unbeaten run, but it will be the last with chairman Steve Easterbrook at the club and Baker praised the departing chairman after the final whistle.

“He had faith in us six years ago to give us the job when maybe we weren’t the biggest names to apply,” added Baker.

“He saw something in us and we’ve been able to repay the faith with a couple of promotions, two FA Cup runs, and now the first trophy under his chairmanship.”

“So really pleased with that and Steve’s an unbelievable man and what he’s done to get Slough back on the map is a massive credit to him and we will continue as a club to push on.”

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