04:00PM, Friday 22 September 2017
WHEN the draw was first made Jon Underwood and Neil Baker feared they’d be in for a tough afternoon and that proved to be the case but when the going got tough, Slough Town got going for a deserved 3-2 win over Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday.
The victory, earned through Manny Williams’ winner with six minutes to go, sets up a third qualifying round tie against Poole Town at home on Saturday, September 30, another ‘winnable’ game, says Baker.
Before that, the Rebels face two away trips, to St Neots Town tomorrow (Saturday) and Redditch United on Tuesday night. Tiverton Town took top spot from them in the Southern League Premier Division on Saturday, while they were contesting the FA Cup and Baker is keen for the side to register as many points as they can before bowing out of league action to take on Poole next weekend.
“Dulwich are a very good side,” Baker said. “To be honest, when Jon and I saw the draw we were disappointed, even though we were at home. They create so many chances so we knew that we’d be in for a difficult afternoon.
“We played well and we caused them more problems than they caused us, even though it helped that we had the extra man for the second half.” Baker felt the straight red card dished out to Sanchez Ming before the break for a high challenge on Matt Lench was harsh and said he’d have been disappointed if one of their players had been dismissed in similar circumstances. But it failed to knock Dulwich off their stride and they took the lead twice in the second half with 10 men before eventually folding.
“His foot is high but he’s looking at the ball and doesn’t even know that our lad is there,” said Baker.
“When they scored their goals you think it’s not going to be your day. But the pleasing thing is we just kept doing what we were doing and they were able to react to the situation.”
On the game against Poole Town on Saturday week, Baker added: “It’s a winnable tie for both teams, we might be in different leagues but only a few places separate us.”
Baker said St Neots and Redditch would be given the respect they deserve this week but the Rebels will look to pick up points from both matches.
“If we were to pick up four points from those matches it wouldn’t be too bad,” he added.
“With the FA Cup game coming up we need to take points from these matches because we don’t want to fall too far behind in the league.”
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