06:02PM, Wednesday 09 May 2018
It’s mission accomplished for former Maidenhead United captain Mark Nisbet after he led Slough Town to promotion to the National League South.
After jumping across the ‘SL Classico’ divide in the summer of 2016, the centre-half set his sights on helping the Rebels continue their climb to the top of the non-league pyramid.
And the club took one step closer to achieving that goal on Monday as they clinched a dramatic 2-1 win away at King’s Lynn Town in the Southern League Premier Division play-off final.
Nisbet, who still works for the Magpies in their community programme, said: “One of the reasons I joined Slough was because of the following and the history of the club and it was really good to have them there at King’s Lynn.
“When we got the winner the noise was incredible.
“It shows that after the game, with a three-and-a-half-hour trip back to the club, we still had 250 fans celebrating with us to the early hours.”
Both teams had to battle through energy-sapping conditions in front of a fervent home crowd, with the Rebels having to conjure up one last performance following a mammoth season which saw them reach the second round of the FA Cup.
But captain Nisbet said co-managers Neil Baker and Jon Underwood had taken the pressure off the players’ shoulders and told them to treat it as any other game.
The 31-year-old added: “The pressure wasn’t too bad and the managers played it down and said it was just a normal game.
“It was a very tense and nervy game and I don’t think either team played to their ability, probably similar to our semi-final.”
The Rebels can now look forward to some tasty ties at the Arbour Park Community
Sports Stadium next season, with the likes of Woking and Torquay United coming down from the National League and big-spending Billericay Town joining from the Bostik Premier League.
Nisbet said: “We played a few Conference South teams during our cup run and we’ve matched them, so we’re not going to be looking for a relegation battle.”
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