SLOUGH Town joint-manager Jon Underwood is proud of the Rebels performance after a 0-0 draw at Sutton United in the FA Cup first round proper on Saturday, writes Rob Stevens.

Both teams remain in the hat for the second round with a chance of drawing a club from the Football League, although Underwood admits there is a tinge of disappointment that Slough were not able to win the tie.

The Rebels had a great chance to take the lead at Gander Green Lane when Sutton keeper Jamie Butler palmed a stinging volley from Warren Harris into the path of Ben Harris.

The striker has already scored twice in the FA Cup this season, including a wonder goal in the previous round at Eastbourne Borough, but he hit his shot into the ground before the ball bounced over the crossbar.

Butler is now ineligible to play for the National League side in the replay at Arbour Park on Tuesday 20th November (7.45pm) as he was cautioned for dissent by referee Sam Purkiss.

Slough were unfortunate not to take the lead after half-time when an early cross from James Dobson found Ben Harris, whose first-time volley into the bottom corner was saved by the Sutton keeper.

The visitors were denied their best chance of winning the tie with 15 minutes remaining as a dangerous cross from Dobson was spilled by Butler in the pouring rain.

The follow-up shot from Warren Harris was blocked on the line and, as Matthew Stevens went to nod the ball into the empty net, Sutton substitute Dean Beckwith grappled him to the ground.

It looked an obvious penalty and referee Purkiss had a clear view of the incident, but he decided against awarding the spot-kick

The best chance for the home side arrived late on when Charlie Clough pushed the ball past Mark Nisbet before Rebels keeper Jack Turner pushed his low shot around the post.

Underwood told the Observer: "I'm very pleased with the performance and we would've taken a draw before the game, so we have to be happy from that point of view.

"There's a little tinge of disappointment that we've not won it because we felt this was a good chance to do so.

"I thought we edged it and there's the penalty call which so many people, even from the Sutton side, said it was a foul. We were a long way away but it looked a definite penalty to us.

"That would've given us a great chance to get our noses in front, but it is what it is.

"We had some really good spells in the game and more prolonged spells of attacking their goal than they did ours.

"I felt we were the better side in the second-half, so from that point of view I'm disappointed we didn't win the game, but I'm proud of the performance and the lads gave us everything.

"We have come to a side of this stature, Sutton are a play-off side in the league above, and matched them every step of the way, if not more.

"You do need something to go in for you, but having said that the penalty claim came from the ball slipping through their keepers' hands in the rain and he doesn't normally drop much.

"Over the balance of the game, we feel like we probably edged it. Sutton might say different but it was such a tight game and it is what it is.

"We will see what happens in the replay but it should be a great game at Arbour Park on the Tuesday night."

Slough and Sutton United share ball number 32 in the draw for the FA Cup second round, which will be shown live on BB2 from 7pm tonight (Monday).

The Rebels have been drawn at home to National League South rivals Weston-super-Mare in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy on Saturday 24th November (3pm).

Slough return to league action with a visit to Arbour Park from Woking this Saturday (3pm).

Underwood commented: "When you look at what we've got coming up, it's a great time to be the manager of this football club, to be involved in big games like these.

"There was over 1,800 people watching on Saturday bur are boys are not fazed, they just go and do their jobs and we're really growing as a team.

"We've won play-off and cup games in the past so I think big match occasions seem to suit us. It doesn't seem to faze our lads, which from our point of view as managers is brilliant."