08:00AM, Friday 17 March 2017
Joint manager Neil Baker is delighted to have pocketed four points from two Southern League Premier Division matches in the past week, although he knows it really should have been six.
Having enjoyed a professional 3-2 victory away at play-off rivals Hitchin Town on Saturday, Slough Town then had a chance to record back-to-back wins with an injury-time penalty against St Neots Town on Tuesday.
However, with the scores locked at 1-1, dead-ball specialist James Dobson fired his 95th-minute spot-kick over the bar which was an outcome Baker was not expecting, but also not overly concerned about.
“St Neots played well, certainly not like a team at the wrong end of the table,” he said.
“I thought we were going to see it out at 1-0, then the ref awarded them a late penalty, although I’m still not certain why.
“Then when we got a penalty I thought that was it.
“I didn’t expect James to miss it. He scored one against Hitchin on Saturday and you say he’d score all day long.
“It was a bit of a kick in the teeth for us at the time as three points would have been great, but in truth it would have probably been undeserved.
“We’re happy with a point.”
He added: “It means the title has definitely gone, I know, but that’s OK.
"Had you offered us four points at this time last week I’d have taken it.”
The draw came off the back of an excellent win at Hitchin which cemented the Rebels’ play-off hopes.
Baker said: “Hitchin is a tough place to go and get a result, but we won and moved above them in the table although they have a game in hand.
“It was an important result because not only do we want to make the play-offs, we want to finish as high as possible to get a home draw.
“I think we need another two or three wins to be certain of being in the play-offs, but we want to win as many as possible.
“We are in decent form; we’ve won eight, drawn one and lost three of our last 12. That’s an
average of two points per game and we want to keep that going into the play-offs.”
The Rebels face bottom-placed Cinderford at Arbour Park
tomorrow (Saturday) and Baker is expecting to face a side going for broke.
“Cinderford are a hard- working team and need the points,” he said. “They will come to win; they have to, I don’t think a draw does them many favours, which should help us.
“They’ll be tough. They beat us at their place although I think they have just lost their striker, who was a decent player.”
Baker might be bringing in a loanee today (Friday) after an ankle ligament injury to Manny Williams means the experienced striker will probably miss the remainder of the season.
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