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Slough Town are up for the promotion fight says Baker

ON THE eve of the new season Neil Baker has said Slough Town will be up for the fight and hope to have a real go for promotion.

The joint manager knows Slough are in better shape to challenge for promotion this season, but he’s expecting a tough season and said many sides will fancy their chances of lifting the title.

Baker said that the squad had come through pre-season ‘unscathed’ and firmly believes they’re capable of achieving their ambitions this season.

Wins in pre-season over West Brom and Wycombe Wanderers have added to the confidence in the Slough camp, but they won’t really know how they’ll go in the Southern League Premier Division until the campaign gets up and running.

“I can’t wait to get started,” said Baker. “With the ground now fully done there is a good feeling about the place and we’ll be looking to add to that.

“Pre-season is ok but it can be a little boring at times. That said we’re delighted with how it has gone.

“When we put those fixtures together we didn’t expect we’d come through them unbeaten. Now we’re ready to push on in what’s going to be a tough season.”

The Rebels couldn’t have had a much tougher start, with trips to Gosport Borough and Hereford following today’s (Saturday) opener against Kettering Town at Arbour Park.

Baker has tipped newly promoted Hereford for the title, but he knows that Slough are one of a number of sides that could challenge them. “We’re no different from everyone else and would say we want to win the title,” he said. “But every side will say that. We have to be realistic and say that Hereford are favourites.

“They are a massive, massive team at this level, even though they’ve just come up. They’re supported by three/four thousand fans and have got to be looking to do things.

“But, we’re up for the fight and hope to have a real go.

“I don’t think that we could have had a tougher start.

“But in a strange way it could work in our favour if we get a couple of early results.

“Whatever happens we’ll keep our feet on the ground.

“We have a good squad and believe we can be up there challenging. Everyone in the squad is strong enough to be in the starting XI.”

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