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Football round-up: Harris strikes twice as Slough Town beat Chelmsford City to move up to second

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FOOTBALL. Slough Town v Sutton United FA Cup first round replay. Arbour Park, SloughSlough Town 1 - Sutton Utd 1 . Slough go through 8-7 on penalties.

Ben Harris


Slough Town 2, Chelmsford City 1

Slough Town showed plenty of character as they held off a late fightback from Chelmsford City to pick up three huge points this afternoon. 

The Rebels made it nine wins from 11 in the National League South thanks to two first half goals from in-form Ben Harris. Combined with results elsewhere it was enough to lift Slough to second in the table.  

Not satisfied with his match-winning header against Welling United on Tuesday night, the striker added to his season's tally to give Slough the upper hand in this one. 

His first came in the eighth minute when he out-jumped the Clarets defence to head the ball into the net from a corner-kick. 

Their second came five minutes before the interval when former Maidenhead United keeper Carl Pentney gave away a penalty and Harris swept the ball home from the spot. 

Chelmsford made the perfect start to the second half, reducing the deficit through Sam Higgins in the 47th minute. 

The visitors then passed up several opportunities to take something from the game, striking the crossbar in the 65th minute before Higgins fired over from close range with 20 minutes to go. The Clarets continued to pile on the pressure late on but Jonny Giles hooked their best opportunity wide with a minute left on the clock. 

Afterwards joint manager Jon Underwood tweeted: "Sometimes it's heart, desire and character that get you the three points. Not brilliant flowing football. Nine wins from 11 and up to second."

Defender Sean Fraser added: "Bodies on the line at the end of the game, as good as a goal. Great team effort and another hardfought win." 

Slough are back in action next Saturday in a massive top of the table clash with third place Havant & Waterlooville. 


Windsor 1, Eastbourne Town 7

Windsor crashed out of the FA Vase this afternoon following a 7-1 hammering at the hands of Eastbourne Town. 

Kai Davies netted a late consolation for the Royalists but they were comprehensively outplayed in the second half, conceding six of their seven goals after the interval. 

(Full report to follow)


South Park P-P Marlow

Marlow's game at South Park this afternoon was one of two Isthmian South Central fixtures called off following a pitch inspection. 

The Blues are 12th in the table ahead of Tuesday's Velocity Trophy game with Westfield at Oak Tree Road. Mark Bartley's men then host struggling Ashford Town (Middx) on Saturday. 


Wycombe Wanderers 1, Shrewsbury Town 0

Wycombe Wanderers rose to the top of League 1 after overcoming Shrewsbury Town 1-0 at Adams Park. 

Rolando Aarons, on loan from Newcastle United, netted his first goal for the club in the 57th minute, stroking the ball home from Charles' flick. 

There were big shouts for a penalty a few minutes later, when Adebayo Akinfenwa's header was blocked on the line but nothing was given. 

Shrewsbury passed up a golden chance to spoil the Chairboys' afternoon but Noburn headed the ball narrowly wide in the 85th minute. Their hopes then vanished in injury-time when Roshaun Williams picked up two cautions in the space of a couple of minutes to leave the visitors down to 10 men. 

The result moves the Chairboys three points clear of Ipswich Town ahead of next weekend's FA Cup tie at Tranmere Rovers. Their next league game is also away to Tranmere on Sunday, November 17. 


Reading 2, Millwall 1

Two quality strikes from Jordan Obita and Sam Baldock helped Reading to an important 2-1 win over Millwall. 

Obita gave the Royals the perfect start with an excellent volley from outside the area in the ninth minute before Baldock thumped home their second in the 37th minute after Ejaria slipped the ball through to him. 

Millwall clawed one back when Jed Wallace went through on goal and picked out the bottom corner, but the Royals battled on to the final whistle and deservedly claimed the points. The Lions came close to snatching a point, particularly when Bodvarsson sent a bicycle kick just past Rafael's post but it wasn't to be for the visitors as Reading ground out another precious win. 

It lifts Mark Bowen's side to 19th in the table, three points above the relegation places. 

They're now unbeaten in three heading into next Saturday's home game with Luton Town. 

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