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Slough Town 'a point closer' to securing a play off position after Havant and Waterlooville draw, says Underwood

Jon Underwood was pleased to see Slough Town move ‘a point closer’ to their aims of a play-off position after the Rebels played out a challenging draw against Havant and Waterlooville.

Three months after the original match against the Hawks at Westleigh Park was abandoned, with two further attempts cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch, the two sides finally met at Arbour Park under the downpour of Storm Dennis.

On Saturday, Matt Lench fired the Rebels into the lead on the stroke of half time with a well struck effort from a narrow angle. But Havant levelled affairs in the second half after Jonah Ayunga was able to bundle a finish into the back of Jack Turner’s net.

“Having lead, you’re always disappointed not to win the game,” said Underwood.

“But probably, on the balance of play, they’re a good side, we’re a good side and a point is about right.

“There was a strong wind going one way and it was harder to defend against it in the second half. But I thought both teams had a real go the other way, so it wasn’t like complete one-way traffic.

“We feel there was a couple of decisions that might not have gone our way, certainly the goal they scored and a couple of chances maybe for penalties at the end.

“We thought there was maybe a little pull on Lee Togwell in the build-up to their goal. We heard it hit Jack (Turner), hit their forward and went over the line so it was a bit unfortunate.

“Sometimes you get those decisions, and obviously it didn’t fall for us today (Saturday).

“We’re a point closer to our aim of the play offs and we have to view the positives.

“There’s a few sides below us which have won to close the gap but every week we’re going to have twists and turns in that top seven and we’ve got to stay in there.”

The result leaves the Rebels in second place of the National League South with just a one-point advantage over the Hawks in third, who have a game in hand.

They now turn their attention to a busy period of games that could see Slough strengthen their place in the play-offs or slip down the pecking order of other promotion hopefuls.

“We’re a point closer with another game chalked off and we have another 12 games to go,” added Underwood.

“We’ve now got three tough away games.

“We go to Chelmsford City next, back down to Havant on Wednesday and then we go to Dorking (Wanderers) who are also in the play-offs.

“We’ve got a real tough week on the road coming up.

“So, we did want the three points (against Havant) going into that, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. We’re in a good place, we have a fully fit squad and we’ll look forward to the challenges of those next few games.”

The Rebels travel to Melbourne Stadium tomorrow (Saturday) to face 11th-placed Chelmsford City. Underwood and Baker’s side edged them 2-1 earlier in the campaign.

Kick off is at 3pm.

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