08:00AM, Friday 09 August 2019
Simon Dunn is one of eight players out injured for the Rebels
Slough Town will look to develop a ‘siege mentality’ as their injury-ravaged squad look to get their season up and running at Concord Rangers tomorrow (Saturday).
The Rebels have been beset by bad luck and injuries as they kicked off their National League South campaign with unmerited 1-0 defeats to Dorking Wanderers and Hungerford Town.
Two ‘freak goals’ decided both games, the first – scored by Dorking’s Matt Briggs – came in the final seconds of injury time at Arbour Park on Saturday after the linesman had wrongly raised his flag for offside.
The second, scored by Hungerford’s James Constable on Tuesday, saw a long punt upfield skip off the Bulpit Lane surface and fly over Rebels’ keeper Jack Turner before being turned in by Constable.
The Rebels management team, Neil Baker and Jon Underwood, will feel they deserved something from both games, but lady luck it seems is not on their side at the moment.
“It just feels like everything that could have gone wrong has done,” said Baker this week. “It’s so frustrating but you just have to take it on the chin and move on. We’ve lost two games to two freak goals really.
“On Tuesday Jack (Turner) has just misjudged it. He’ll probably never do something like that again, so it’s one of those things. We also had three more injuries, with Sean Fraser, Simon Dunn and Guy Hollis all going off in the first half or at half-time.
“We’ll have eight players missing this weekend (at Concord Rangers) which is unprecedented. But we can’t let this affect us too much. We know we’re a good side who’ll win games. There’s no panic from us and hopefully the fans will have some patience.”
Baker is hopeful many of those nursing knocks will return for Tuesday’s home game against Weymouth, but acknowledges tomorrow’s trip to in-form Concord will be ‘doubly hard’.
“They’ve started with two wins against Chelmsford and Oxford City,” he said, “so it will be doubly hard with the issues we’ve got.
“George Wells is our only senior defender for the game.
“Scott Armsworth will come in but it’s a big jump for him to play at this level. And then we’ll have to play two out of position – probably Lee Togwell and Ryan Bird.
“It’s not an ideal situation and people will say ‘get someone in’ but we have to balance the books and the injuries we have are all short- term ones.
“We’ll get together. We have our backs against the wall but will develop that siege mentality to try and get something from the game.
“Hopefully we can get something at Concord to get our season up and running.
“Even a point, after the start we’ve had, would be good.”
Top Ten Articles
A 40kg blockage of wet wipes, nappies, sanitary products and cotton buds has been pulled for a sewer in Shoppenhangers Road as Thames Water warn blockages are spiking during the pandemic.