10:00AM, Saturday 07 January 2017
Photo courtesy of Horsham Rebel Photography
A ‘sloppy two minutes’ saw the Rebels concede twice to lose 2-1 to bogey club Chesham United on Monday, but joint manager Neil Baker says a poor start to 2017 shouldn’t cloud what’s been a very successful year for the club.
The Rebels, who moved back to the town in 2016, have dropped the fewest points of any team in the Premier Division and it’s still very much in their hands to win the title.
Monday was a disappointment, particularly so as Slough had a measure of control on the game after taking the lead through Gavin James’ first-half strike.
But, in allowing Barry Hayles to score from a corner and conceding to Dave Pearce’s finish 60 seconds later, they were once again beaten by a team they haven’t tasted victory against in the league for more than a decade.
Baker admitted it was a frustrating afternoon and a poor start to the year but, with their title rivals also dropping points, it wasn’t a complete disaster.
“It wasn’t even a sloppy five minutes, more like a sloppy two minutes,” said Baker.
“I thought that we’d been relatively comfortable and were in control of the game at half-time. After that, we huffed and puffed and had one or two more chances but they were relatively comfortable without really causing us any problems themselves.
“It was a game we didn’t deserve to lose but we also didn’t deserve to win so a draw would have been fair.”
Despite the defeat, Baker was looking on the positives this week and is hopeful St Ives Town won’t have a similar hex over the side when they go there today (Saturday).
“Look, we’ve dropped fewer points than anyone else in the division,” he said. “We’re five points off the top with two games in hand after Leamington lost (1-0 at Banbury) and Chippenham drew on Monday (2-2 against Frome Town). It’s still in our hands.
“If we had won on Monday it would have been fantastic.
“We’d have been two points off the top with two games in hand, but it didn’t happen and we move on to St Ives. St Ives have been on a fantastic run of their own,” he said.
“But our intention is to go there and get three points.”
Slough will be without Warren Harris after he injured his medial knee ligaments at Chesham.
The Rebels are also set to visit Cinderford Town on Tuesday night.
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