Slough Town must 'take their medicine and move on' after Dorking Wanderers defeat

Having had some time to reflect on Saturday's heavy 5-0 defeat to Dorking Wanderers, joint manager Neil Baker said the Rebels simply had to ‘take their medicine and move on’.

Baker accepts the Rebels were deservedly beaten by the better team on the day and said they can have no complaints after making a series of uncharacteristic errors.

Slough had been hoping to make a late push for the play-offs, but consecutive defeats to Braintree and Dorking have left them eight points adrift of the top seven with just seven matches left to play.

While it's not yet mathematically out of the equation, recent results make it very unlikely with the Rebels having slipped to 14th in the table off the back of Saturday's defeat at Meadowbank. For context they're also just 10 points above bottom club Welling United.

The Rebels management team would have been hoping to see the side raise their game against one of the league's automatic promotion contenders - having seen them beat leaders Maidstone United twice this season - but, instead, they got off to the worst possible start when Jimmy Andrew Muitt fired the hosts in front after only a minute. Isaac Philpot netted in the 10th minute to leave the visitors really chasing the game and further goals from Dan Gallagher (47’), Alfie Rutherford (49’), and Jason Prior (55’), compounded an extremely disappointing afternoon.

In taking their medicine and moving on, Baker wants the side to put Saturday's defeat behind them and focus on picking up as many of the 21 points still available to them as they can.

“On reflection, we made some uncharacteristic mistakes which definitely cost us a foothold in the game, especially early on,” he said.

“We must realise they’re a very good side at this level. Financially, they’re in a very strong position, they’ve got a big squad and have some excellent players. We were going into the missing three players that have become a bit of a mainstay recently in Josh (Jackman), Alfonso (Tenconi), and Tyler (Goodrham). We were up against it, and we got rightfully beaten.

“Did I feel like we could’ve done better? Yes. But to be honest, they’re a better side than us. They were better on the day, that’s for sure. You have to take that medicine and move on quickly. We have seven games left and 21 points left to play for now so we will just try and win as many as we can.”

Baker added: “We’ve got Eastbourne this weekend and it’s going to be a tough game. They’ve won six games on the bounce which is no easy feat in this league, and they’ve probably got one of the best strikers in this league in Charley Kendall. He scored a hattrick against us at their place.

“I expect them to get into the play-offs. They’ve got a nice cushion and they will come to our ground hoping to beat us. We will just do what we can.

“We’ve still got injury concerns and whatever else. I don’t think that’s going to massively help us between now and Saturday, but we will just have to see where we are.”

The Rebels welcome Eastbourne Borough to Arbour Park on Saturday for a 3pm kick-off.

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