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Slough Town have made a remarkable recovery after poor start, says joint boss Neil Baker

Slough Town’s 2-0 victory over Hemel Hempstead Town on Tuesday night moved the Rebels to within two points of fifth place, a remarkable recovery considering the start they made, says Neil Baker.

The first half performance against Hemel, which saw Warren Harris and Max Worsfold score to put the home side firmly in control, was – according to joint manager Jon Underwood – one of the best of their time in charge.

A flowing team move, involving four of five players, resulted in Harris finishing sharply before Worsfold put last season’s frustrations at Maidenhead United firmly behind him with a lovely curling finish to make it 2-0 just before the break.

With Mark Nisbet back from having a heart procedure to play in central defence the home side then controlled matters throughout the second period to pick up a thoroughly professional win.

With Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to St Albans City, it means the Rebels are now unbeaten in six league matches and have won three of their last four. With a bit more luck on Saturday, Baker feels they could have won that one as well.

“I think we deserved to nick the points on Saturday having now watched the game back. But on Tuesday we were much the better side and fully deserved the win.

"We played very good football in the first half and then were very solid in the second when we didn’t have to go chasing the game.

“For us at home that first 45 minutes against Hemel was excellent. They had a couple of early chances which Jack (Turner) saved but after that we completely dominated the half. We worked hard without the ball first and foremost and that enabled us to have a bit of space in which to play when we did get it.

“Max’s goal was excellent, but then so was Warren’s. Max had a difficult season at Maidenhead last year and I don’t think he ended up scoring.

"If I’m brutally honest he didn’t start great for us and I think there were still some fitness issues, but, after pulling him out for a couple of games, he’s come back in and showed great hunger. He’s starting to do all the things we expected him to do and is looking like the player we signed.”

Recent results have put the Rebels back in touch with the promotion chasers, but, the focus is now on extending their unbeaten run at Eastbourne Borough tomorrow (Saturday) where the side have good recent memories.

“Each game throws up new challenges,” added Baker.

“We had two good days at Eastbourne last year, winning 4-2 in the league when Nis (Mark Nisbet) was sent off after 10 minutes and Matt Stevens scored a hat-trick.

“We also beat them in the FA Cup when Ben Harris scored that wonder goal but their form has picked up in recent weeks and we’re under no illusions as to how tough it will be.

"The league is so tight, we’re only two points off fifth and back in touch which is where we want to be.

“We’ve done remarkably well to recover considering the start we had, picking up two points from five games.

“Mentally it does something to you when you lose a couple of games. It does knock you, but I don’t think the players struggle for confidence in general and we’re pretty much back up to full strength injury wise now with Guy Hollis the only one that’s missing.”

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