10:00AM, Saturday 17 December 2016
Photo by Horsham Rebel Photography
It's been a pretty good week for Slough Town. They got to put their feet up and watch as their rivals for promotion from the Southern League Premier Division dropped points.
Hitchin might have gained some ground but in reality the Rebels are no worse off than they were after last week’s 3-3 draw at Chippenham Town and with players now returning from injury and suspension they’ll be looking to get back to the kind of form that saw them motor to the top of the Premier Division table in the opening months of the season.
Improving Kettering Town, ninth, stand in their way at Arbour Park tomorrow (Saturday) and joint manager Neil Baker has warned they’ll be an extremely tough nut to crack.
A suitably festive pun and the Rebels will be putting on carol singers and dishing up mince pies for supporters, but all they really want for Christmas is another three points!
“It’s been a good week for us without playing,” said Baker.
“Hitchin won on Monday night (4-2 at home to Redditch) to close the gap on us. They’ve got to be seen as a real threat now.
“When you see what they’ve got in their squad you think they must be one of the favourites for this league and they’re now getting that tag as possible favourites.
“Chippenham drew both of their matches this week so have gone from a position where they were three points behind us with matches in hand to a position where we’re still ahead of them but we’ve now got that match in hand. Leamington also dropped points against Frome.
“So we’re in a strong position and have two games in hand on the sides either side of us. We’ve now got to push on and take advantage of that.”
After Kettering’s visit to Arbour Park, Slough host the MK Dons there in the Berks & Bucks Cup quarter finals on Tuesday.
Their chances of progression will depend very much on the quality of squad the League One side brings down for the clash.
The Rebels then go to Hayes & Yeading United on Tuesday, December 27 before kicking off the new year with a home game against Chesham United on January 2.
“There aren’t too many games but we’re quite happy about that,” said Baker.
“Another good run of form should be enough to cement our play-off place.
“Five or six wins in a row might just do it. But it’s difficult because every game has its own challenges.
“Kettering are going to be a very tough nut to crack. Hayes & Yeading at Beaconsfield on that pitch will be difficult and Chesham are a very good side. But we’ll just keep on trying to grind out the wins.
“Apart from Hitchin everyone’s form has been a bit patchy. Look at Chippenham who have drawn three of their last four games. Merthyr have lost three on the bounce now.”
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