08:00AM, Saturday 03 November 2018
Slough Town might not have won in the league for the past three matches, but joint manager Neil Baker is pretty happy with the Rebels’ league and cup form to date.
On Saturday they were
admittedly below par in a 3-2 defeat at St Albans Town, but were left feeling slightly aggrieved on Tuesday night after a late goal cost them all three points against Hemel Hempstead Town.
The results have left the Rebels 10th in the table, just outside of the play-off
picture, but Baker defended the team’s recent form after a month that’s seen them play five games on the spin away from Arbour Park.
They return there tomor-row (Saturday) for an
intriguing clash against
in-form Concord Rangers
before their FA Cup first round clash at Sutton United the following week.
“We’ve lost just two games in 12,” said Baker. “We’re pretty happy with that. Ok, we haven’t won for three league games but that happens very quickly in this league. We lost at Welling, when I felt we didn’t deserve to, and also lost by the odd goal at St Albans.
“We’ve collected 10 points from our eight away matches so far this season and haven’t yet been beaten by more than one goal. That shows we’re competitive.
“We’re into the first round of the FA Cup again and are just outside of the play-offs.
“We’re also 11 points away from the relegation zone so, overall, we’re where we want to be. We’ll start thinking about the FA Cup next week but, before that, we’re looking to get three points on the board against Concord. It’ll be good to get back to Arbour Park. We haven’t played there in four weeks and have had five away matches in a row. That’s had an impact.”
Matty Stevens and Chris Flood were on target at St Albans, while Stevens’ 81st minute goal at Hemel looked like being the winner until Mendy levelled with three minutes left on the clock.
“We made five changes for Tuesday night and asked the players to be more defensively minded,” said Baker.
“We were quite happy with how we played in the game and I felt like we were in control. When we went 1-0 up I thought there would only be one winner but we couldn’t quite see it out.
“It feels like two points dropped but it’s another away point against a team who were unbeaten at home in their last five.”
On tomorrow’s opponents Concord, Baker added: “Concord had a great result on Tuesday (against Chelmsford) and they’re having a really good season. They’ve got goals in them and Alex Wall, who you’ll remember was at Maidenhead, has been a real threat for them.
“He’s had injury problems for the past two seasons but is back on the radar again and is scoring lots of goals.”
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