09:00AM, Friday 09 November 2018
Slough Town won’t be heading to National League side Sutton United for tomorrow's (Saturday's) FA Cup first round tie simply to make up the numbers.
Joint boss Jon Underwood warned the U’s they’ll be having a real go at Gander Green Lane.
Admittedly it’s not the glamour FA Cup tie the Rebels wanted, but neither was last year’s at Gainsborough Trinity, who they thrashed 6-0 to move into the second round.
“When the draw came out it wasn’t the one we wanted,” said Underwood.
“But then we felt that way last year when we went to Gainsborough and look how that turned out.
“Who knows what will happen?
“We’ll go there with a lot of belief.
“It’s good that we’ve had this win (1-0 over Concord Rangers on Saturday) and, it’s good to win before a little break in the league like this because you feel a bit better about yourselves.
“We can now focus purely on Saturday now.
“We’re going to have a real go. We’re not going to go there to defend.
“We’ll be going to try and win the game.”
Hosts Sutton United,
managed for close to the last 600 games by Paul Doswell, come into the tie as one of the form teams in the
National League with two defeats in 10 starts and unbeaten in their last three.
With an average home attendance of more than 1,800, and with hundreds expected to make the trip to Surrey from Slough, a bumper crowd is expcted.
The Rebels players and management will make that same short journey after a resolute defensive display helped Slough Town to victory over Concord Rangers on Saturday, moving them to within seven points of the top of the table.
The 10 victory brought an end to a run of three league matches without a win and was more than deserved, with the home side shading play – as well as chances – throughout.
With none of the top seven sides in National League South tasting victory, Slough skipped back up the table off the back of James Dobson’s early penalty.
“I think we shaded it,” said Underwood afterwards.
“It was a hard game and they’re a difficult side to play against.
“Every time they got the ball in our box they were a threat. They put the ball in with real quality and had some big lads in there to attack it as well.
“There were a few groans from our fans when we were taking it to the corner at the end. But you just have to get the points in this league.
“Having dropped two points from a winning position (at Hemel Hempstead Town) on Tuesday, we couldn’t afford to do it again.
“We’re now six points off the top and you think, one more win, where could we have been?”
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