The Rams first ever trip to Slough Town's new (and highly impressive) Arbour Park was most certainly a game (and score-line!) that will last long in the memory!
Beaconsfield should have taken the lead on 60 seconds when the first of a string of fine crosses from Ryan Haugh found Callum Bunting in space but the striker seemed to be caught in two minds and fluffed his lines. No such problem for Lewis Putman in the fifth minute when his free kick took a deflection off Harry Tucker to zip past Sam Bunting and put the home side a goal to the good.
On the quarter hour mark a mix up between Sam Bunting and Harry Tucker gave ex-Rams skipper Lee Togwell the chance to nip in and slot the ball home and two minutes later the dangerous James Dobson was allowed to run unchallenged across The Rams defence to shoot past Bunting. Under 20 minutes gone and Beaconsfield three down.
The Rams fight back began on the half hour when Ollie Jones, a full thirty yards out, hit a screamer past a stranded Jamie Jackson. Two minutes later Beaconsfield really were back in it as Callum Bunting followed Jones example and powered home from the edge of the area. Jones sent another long range effort just wide on 40 minutes but two minutes later a long punt upfield saw Callum Bunting beat Jackson to the ball and head home to draw The Rams level. Incredible stuff!
The second half picked up the tempo of the first 45, Gokman and Dobson both going close for the home side. Beaconsfield should have taken the lead on 55 minutes - in almost a carbon copy of his first minute miss, Callum Bunting failed to make the most of an inviting Ryan Haugh cross and the chance went begging. Ten minutes later that miss proved costly as Dobson was again allowed to run unchecked across The Rams defence and sent a shot in that Sam Bunting will probably feel he could have done better with.
Dobson chalked up his hat-trick on 71 minutes when he connected with a knock down in the six yard box. It then became 6-3 to Slough on 76 minutes - Sam Bunting made a great save and as he bravely tried to smother the follow up he caught Togwell. A penalty was given and was well converted by Charlie Moone.
On 81 minutes Rams sub Spencer Maw rounded Jackson but saw his effort hit the Slough post and rebound to safety. A minute later Maw got on the end of a fine Rams move and again beat Jackson but this time the loose ball hit an on rushing Slough defender and crossed the line. 6-4 to Slough on 82 minutes.
Any hopes of a second Beaconsfield comeback were dashed on 84 minutes when Sean Fraser took advantage of a retreating Beaconsfield defence and fired a looping shoot over Bunting. Full time in a fine advert for the County Cup, 7-4 to Slough. Phew!
At times The Rams played some great easy on the eye football and generally across the side there were good performances. Scoring four goals away from home against a team top of a higher division is also for sure a good plus point. Likewise the return to goal scoring form of Callum Bunting to offer The Rams more striking options. However sixteen goals conceded in just over a week also tells a tale. Beaconsfield now need to concentrate on getting points on the board and climbing up the league table and away from the drop zone.
Come On You Rams!
1. Sam Bunting
2. Callum Mapley
3. Ryan Haugh
4. Jack McKnight
5. Harry Tucker
6. Guri Demuria
7. Aaron Minhas (Captain)
8.Ollie Jones (Sub: Tristan Campbell, 77)
9. Nathan Minhas (Sub: Spencer Maw, 77)
10. Charlie Losasso
11. Callum Bunting.
Attendance: 367Updated 12:22 - 19 Oct 2016 by Daryl Smith