Ardley stun Slough to make FA Cup history

Ricky Johnson, pictured in action for Leamington, signed for Ardley from Brackley last week. Picture: Morris Troughton-Hume
Ricky Johnson, pictured in action for Leamington, signed for Ardley from Brackley last week. Picture: Morris Troughton-Hume

Ardley United have been drawn away to Chippenham Town in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup after recording a famous 2-1 victory at Slough Town on Saturday.

United will take on the Southern League Premier Division outfit on Saturday, September 27, where a win would put them to within two matches of the first round proper.

Kevin Brock’s side arrived at Slough, who play in the same league as Chippenham – two tiers above Ardley – with their front line boosted by the addition of Luke Ingram and new signing Ricky Johnson from Brackley Town.

Unsurprisingly, the home side quickly took the game to Ardley and dominated the early exchanges with Ed Smith forcing Jack Harding into a good save before Ryan Scott’s volley flew just wide.

The dangerous James Dobson was a handful for the United defence all afternoon and his pass found Smith in the inside right channel but Tommy Kinch cleared the danger.

Harding then pulled off a brilliant save to deny George Frith as the hosts cranked up the pressure and the breakthrough then arrived – but it was the visitors who found it.

On 28 minutes, Callum Convey’s pass allowed Ingram to outpace the back line and slot past home goalkeeper Jake Somerville for a lead that they held onto until half-time.

The match continued in a similar vein in the second half and finally Slough found a way past Harding when Dobson scored from the spot after he was fouled in the area.

Slough then pushed for second, but once again Ardley went up the other end and stunned the home crowd for a second time when they scored against the run of play as Gavin Kidd forced the ball home for his first Ardley goal.

The hosts piled forward and put United under intense pressure, but the visitors were defending resolutely and they withstood the Slough bombardment to record a famous win and progress into the second qualifying round for the first time in their history.

Ardley were back in league action on Wednesday when Ricky Johnson hit a hat-trick in a 4-2 win at Shrivenham in the Hellenic Premier Division.