04:00PM, Friday 12 January 2018
Sometimes in football you don’t get what you deserve, and Neil Baker felt that was the case for Slough Town on Saturday afternoon.
The Rebels were leading promotion rivals Hereford 2-0 as the game entered the 93rd minute, having dominated the whole contest, only to see two points snatched away from them at the death. Headed goals from Chris Flood and Ben Harris, either side of the interval, had put the home side firmly in control in front of a bumper 1,561 crowd at
Arbour Park. But, with the town all set to celebrate a win that ended Hereford’s long unbeaten away record – and put them firmly back in the title race, Jimmy Oates and Keyon Reffell netted for the Bulls in the 93rd and 96th minutes.
Afterwards a bitterly disappointed Baker said Slough were not just a bit better than Hereford, but ‘a lot better than them’, though he accepted they can’t afford to continue throwing away points if they’re to stay in the hunt for promotion.
“For 93 minutes we got in their faces and were excellent,” said Baker. “They couldn’t handle us.
“Webby’s (Nathan Webb) been caught on the ball for their first goal. It was a great strike and, fair play to them, they have the quality to do that to you.
“But we’ve been punished for individual errors again.
“That’s as bad as Jon (Underwood) and I have felt after a game. We’d beaten them and were about to end their 50-game unbeaten away record. Then it all vanished in minutes.”
After the final whistle Underwood claimed the result had all but ended Slough’s interest in the title race.
However, Baker promised the Rebels would continue to fight for the crown until it was mathematically
impossible. Slough need a win or two to revive those promotion hopes, but that will be easier said than done with the side facing a tough trip to St Ives tomorrow (Saturday) before hosting Dorchester on Tuesday.
“Of course the title race isn’t over,” said Baker. “You say these things in the heat of the moment. We were brilliant against Hereford. Not just a bit better than them, a lot better than them.
“Four or five wins would put us right back in amongst it, but we have made life hard for ourselves.”
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