04:36PM, Thursday 03 January 2019
Slough Town may look to bolster their squad for a play-off push after a largely encouraging festive period brought the club nine points from a possible 12. The Rebels moved themselves back to within touch of the play-off places after victories over East Thurrock United (3-1) at home and Wealdstone (3-0) and Dulwich Hamlet (1-0) away.
They couldn’t quite cap it off with a fourth victory, losing 1-0 at home to Wealdstone on New Year’s Day (Tuesday).
Ben Harris, Mark Nisbet and Guy Hollis all scored in the 3-0 win at Wealdstone while Sam Togwell netted a second half winner at Dulwich.
Defensively the side were excellent in those two victories, and the club has now conceded fewer goals than matches played (21 to 22).
Joint manager Neil Baker was generally encouraged by their performances, but admitted they may still look to freshen things up by bringing in a couple of new faces. He added that they’re also bracing themselves for the loss of one key player to a higher level club.
They’re currently 11th in the table, four points off the play-offs with games in hand over rivals above them. Not bad for a newly promoted side.
“We’d have taken nine points from 12 over Christmas all day long,” said Baker.
“We looked a bit jaded on New Year’s Day which was understandable considering how much work the players put in against Wealdstone and Dulwich.
“Unfortunately people do forget we’re a promoted side. The fickleness of football means everything is terrible when you lose a game.
“But we’re four points off the play-offs. It’s a brilliant position to be in.
“We’ve got 20 games left and will give it a good go.
“If it doesn’t happen we’ll still have had a fantastic season.
“I’m proud of everyone for what they’ve done and nothing is done until the 42nd game. We’ll keep fighting till the end.”
The festive period looked difficult on paper, but even tougher tests lie ahead, with the Rebels travelling to in-form league leaders Torquay United on Saturday before welcoming Bath City (Tuesday) and Chelmsford City (Saturday week) to Arbour Park – a run of matches which might well determine whether they’re genuine play-off contenders or not.
“Without doubt it will be our biggest test,” Baker said of the Torquay game. “They’ve won nine in a row and have been winning games by threes and fours. After that we’ve got Bath (fifth) and Chelmsford (fourth) so it doesn’t get much tougher than that.
“We’ll see what the situation is after that but we’ll just keep trying to improve and will see what happens. Squad wise we might look to bring in a couple of players, but we also might lose one who could move to a higher level club.”
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