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Slough Town in market for new striker, says boss Neil Baker

Slough Town’s frustrated management duo are aiming to revamp their misfiring forward line with the addition of a new striker.

The Rebels have been competitive in all their matches since being promoted into the National League South, creating numerous chances, but they have lacked a cutting edge.

They have scored six goals in seven matches.

The Rebels lost 1-0 at East Thurrock on Saturday and

2-1 at home to Dulwich Hamlet on Monday, despite enjoying plenty of opportunities.

Rather than wait for his wayward forwards to rediscover their shooting boots, Neil Baker and joint manager Jon Underwood have decided to act.

“We are looking to bring in a striker,” Baker said.

“We are going through the process and we’ll have to see if it happens or not.

“We’re not being ruthless enough in front of goal.

“Our forwards have scored three goals between them in seven matches; that’s not a good enough return.”

He added: “That said, there have been chances from players in other areas, like our wide men or the central defenders from set pieces, and they have not converted either.”

Baker, though, is far from despondent over the Rebels’ start to the campaign.

“There are plenty of posi-tives. We are competitive and have only conceded seven goals in seven games.

“We go to Chelmsford still buoyant.

“It’s still been a solid start to the season.”

Assessing Chelmsford, Baker said: “They were one of the pre-season favourites to get promotion and, after a slow start, have improved.

“They won both games over the weekend so will be confident ahead of facing us.

“It’s a tough one but we are unfazed by that.

“We’ve played plenty of tough matches in the last few years.”

Slough head into the clash with the Clarets tomorrow (Saturday) with a double defeat over the holiday weekend fresh in their minds.

Baker described the effort at East Thurrock as ‘probably our worst performance of the season’.

He added: “The first 20 minutes we were OK, actually we could have been three or four up at half-time.

“But the second half was a struggle, yet we created chances but couldn’t score.

“They had two chances and scored one.”

Monday’s setback to Dulwich Hamlet was a better spectacle but an equally disappointing result.

“It was a good match, plenty of chances and good football played by both teams,” Baker said.

“Funnily enough it’s more frustrating to lose a match when you have played well and created chances than when you play badly.

“It could have gone either way. I have seen the video and we had a perfectly good goal disallowed for offside when it was clearly onside.

“That would've put us 2-0 up and then who knows?”


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