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update - CUP DRAW: it`s SLOUGH
24th October 2012 11:57

23 Oct 2012
Slough won 2-1 at Gosport in the FAC4Q replay, and will play at Mansfield in FAC1 on Saturday 3 November.

video highlights of Slough's win:

Slough played for 7 seasons in the Conference in the 1980s and 1990s, but are now in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central, and are three leagues below the Stags.

In the 2004–05 season, Slough knocked Walsall of League One out of the FA Cup in round one. Highlights of the game were shown on BBC Match of the Day. But they then lost to Yeading (who later merged with Hayes) in round two.


The Stags have been drawn against Slough Town or Gosport Borough in the First Round of the FA Cup.

The First Round tie is due to be played on Saturday 3rd November.

Mansfield have never played against either side.

After the draw was made, the two sides played out a goalless draw on Sunday afternoon.

The replay, at Gosport, is on Tuesday.

Gosport are from the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division, two leagues below the Stags. Slough were formerly of the Conference, but have dropped several divisions to Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central, and are thus three leagues below the Stags.





Gosport's passage in the FA Cup has been controversial to say the least:


FA Cup: Bashley FC ask for replay after clear goal not given
By Nabil Hassan

Non-league Bashley FC have written to the Football Association requesting their FA Cup first-round qualifying match against Gosport Borough is replayed after a clear goal was missed by referee Will Bull.

With the teams level at 2-2, Bashley 'scored' late on after James Stokoe struck from close range, but in frustration the Gosport keeper kicked the ball through the side netting.

And, having missed the ball going in, referee Bull then awarded a corner.

"We feel cheated," Bashley vice-chairman Tim Titheridge told BBC Sport

The incident was also missed by the assistant referee and Bashley went on to lose 3-2 after extra time. It is a mistake Titheridge believes has cost them up to £10,000.

"We don't blame the referee for not seeing it, but we do blame the Gosport players for not owning up," he said.

Bashley have now written to the FA's competitions department requesting a replay of their replay.

"We have also written to Gosport asking them to write to the FA, but we do not expect anything to happen," he added.

Bull was being assessed during the game and was told of his error after the final whistle.

"He was horrified when the assessor told him he got it wrong," said Titheridge.

Titheridge added the assistant referee had been told of a hole in the side netting at half time but did nothing about it.

He added: "A number of Gosport players, management staff, supporters and officials admitted that a goal should have been given, expressed sympathy and some even apologised to members of our club."

Gosport manager Alex Pike said seven of his players had admitted it was a goal, but did not blame them for not owning up

"I could not see what happened," Pike told BBC Sport.

"But after the game I asked my players what had gone on and two said they didn't know, two said it wasn't a goal and seven said it was a goal. The indication is it was a goal.

"There is a lot of prize money at stake and I would not expect my players to own up, these things happen in football. Did you see Roy Carrolll or the Manchester United players own up against Tottenham? No."

Pike also said he would not be willing to replay the game.

"I attach no blame to my players. I can't speak on behalf of the club, but if they asked me I would tell them I am not willing to re-play the game," he said.

"I don't agree that it is an extraordinary circumstance, this sort of thing happens in football all the time. Did you not watch the World Cup game between Germany and England when Frank Lampard scored?

"A replay would be a futile gesture. What would they do? They are only writing to the FA because they ended up losing. They had the same opportunity to score in extra-time as us."


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