SLOUGH Town have won the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup this season after a 3-1 victory against Reading Under 23s in the final on Bank Holiday Monday, writes Rob Stevens.

The Rebels

lifted their 15th Senior Cup crown and first since 1981 thanks to

goals from captain Sam Togwell, Manny Williams and Josh Jackman


The National League South side made a bright start to the final at Larges Lane in Bracknell with returning striker Ben Harris twice forcing Reading keeper Myles Roberts into smart stops.

Harris, who has not featured for Slough since suffering a knee injury in mid-February, drilled a free-kick from 30-yards towards goal that the young stopper did well to push over his own crossbar.

The Royals had a chance to break the deadlock when Conor Lawless took on a first time shot inside the box. The ball was lifted over keeper Jack Turner but bounced wide of the far post.

The Rebels opened the scoring with a goal from captain Sam Togwell after 28 minutes. Reading failed to deal with a corner into their six-yard box and Togwell poked home from close range at the near post.

Slough were given the chance to double their advantage just four minutes later when Harris was fouled inside the box by Royals captain Tom Holmes.

Manny Williams, who sadly lost one of his students, Sam Hanson, after his recent battle with leukemia, stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick and scored to the right of the out-stretched Roberts.

Reading pulled a goal back through Thierry Nevers in the 38th minute. Lawless found the run of Jamal Balogun down the right and he crossed into the box where Nevers beat Turner with a low right-foot finish.

The young Royals grew in confidence after the goal and Nevers saw his powerful header well saved by Turner before the half-time whistle.

Roberts had to be alert early on in the second-half to race across his line and catch a Simon Dunn free-kick that was aimed at the near post from the right edge of the box.

The Reading keeper then denied a header from Mark Nisbet with a strong fist to push the ball over the bar, but he could do nothing about the finish from Josh Jackman for the third goal.

Louie Soares passed the ball across the box, it was dummied and ran to full-back Jackman, who hit a first-time shot that nestled into the top corner three minutes from the final whistle.