01:00PM, Friday 05 January 2018
SLOUGH Town have been challenged to win four of their six matches in hand on leaders Kettering Town to get back into the title race. The Rebels’ form has slipped a little in recent weeks, since their exit from the FA Cup at the hands of League 1 Rochdale.
But the side continue to show their battling qualities, and remain firmly in the hunt for the main prize they’re targeting this season, with games in hand over all of their rivals.
The Rebels had looked on course for another much-needed three points at Chesham on Monday, when new signing Ben Harris nodded them in front in the second half. But a rare lapse from keeper Jack Turner allowed Ravi Shamsi to equalise for the Generals in stoppage time. The goal, and result, was a bitter blow for the Rebels to stomach, but, ahead of tomorrow’s (Saturday) home clash with Hereford, they still look a decent bet for a title challenge.
“In reality it was a good away performance from us,” said Baker.
“When you go away to these places the pitches aren’t great. It’s about digging in and working hard, which we did. We didn’t get as many chances as we would have done at home, and the standard of football wasn’t as good.
“We managed to get ourselves in front and I thought that we were pretty comfortable to be honest.
“But then right at the end we’ve switched off.
“Jack has come to clear the ball, stopped, then come again, and the guy has scored from it.
“We’re bitterly disappointed to have dropped the two points, but overall we’re relatively happy with how we played.”
Turner’s late error may have gifted Chesham their late point but Baker wasn’t in the mood to point fingers at his goalkeeper, who he admitted wasn’t feeling 100 per cent for the clash.
Slough are currently seventh in the table, 14 points behind Kettering in first place with six games in hand on them. But crucially, they’ll be keen to cut the nine-point gap to fourth-placed Hereford tomorrow in an all-ticket clash at Arbour Park,
“Listen, Jack was so ill on Monday,” added Baker. “He probably shouldn’t have played, but in spite of that he had a really decent game, so we’re not going to put any blame on him at all.
“He blamed himself for it but that’s probably harsh, to be honest.
“The performance wasn’t a bad one. If you can win at home and draw away you won’t be too far away.
“We’ve now had three games where we’ve conceded in the 90th plus min-ute, against Hen-don, Banbury and now Chesham.
“It’s disappointing, but on the flip side we equalised in the last minute to get a draw against Stratford.
“Listen, we should be four points better off, and if we’d picked up those points we’d be in a wonderful position.”
Baker added: “As it stands we’re not in bad shape.
“We probably have to win four of those six matches in hand to get our-selves back in contention.”
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