Rebels' play-off chase takes a knock but Baker says they'll keep on pushing

Update: Saturday's clash with Gloucester City has now been postponed.

Whatever happens between now and the end of the campaign, Neil Baker insists Slough Town will have had a hell of a season.

The Rebels’ bid for the play-offs was knocked slightly off track by defeats at Weston-super-Mare (2-0) on Saturday and big-spenders Billericay Town

(3-2) on Tuesday night. But they remain just five points off seventh placed St Albans City and Baker insisted they’ll continue pushing.

They’re also in the market for a couple of new attacking players to freshen the squad up for the run in. On that front they’ve had a couple of setbacks but work is going on behind the scenes to strengthen the squad.

“We’re comfortable with where we are,” said Baker. “But it doesn’t mean we’ll stop pushing (for the play-offs). You only need to win two games on the bounce and you’re right back in it.

“We’re not going to talk about it though.

“We’ll get on with things knowing we’ve had a good season. We’re a long way from relegation worries and we’re a good side. We know we’re going to win matches.

“We’re still looking to bring in one or two attacking players. We’ve been speaking with some pro clubs this week.

“We thought we had someone but then lost them when they decided to sign for another club in our league. We’ve got a lot of things going on and are not resting on our laurels.”

On Saturday they played well in the first half at Weston but failed to take their chances and the league’s bottom side notched twice in a five-minute spell to take the game away from them.

Luck wasn’t on their side at Billericay on Tuesday either. Only 13 players made it to the ground in time for kick-off, with others missing the game through illness and injury. Ben Harris netted twice in a pulsating game of football but it wasn’t enough to earn a share of the spoils.

“We played OK in both games. It wasn’t a bad performance at Weston,” added Baker.

“We were excellent in the first half and should have been comfortably in front.

“We’ve had a poor five minutes where they’ve scored twice and it’s frustrating because we were much the better side. If we’d have scored first we’d have gone on to win the game I’m sure.

“Everything was against us on Tuesday. We only had 13 players and had to make lots of changes. We’ve also had bad luck with Ben Harris hitting the inside of the post.

“It’s disappointing but we were proud of the lads and felt we deserved at least a share of the points.”

Third from bottom Gloucester City are the visitors to Arbour Park tomorrow (Saturday), provided the game isn’t postponed due to the weather.

“Snow is forecast and it might cause some problems,” said Baker. “Gloucester have brought in a new manager and they haven’t conceded a goal in three matches.

“They also went to Oxford City and beat them 1-0 on the 3G so it won’t faze them coming here.”

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