05:30PM, Friday 13 April 2018
Slough Town took their goal tally for the season to 101 in Tuesday night’s 5-3 win over Biggleswade Town.
The victory, the Rebels’ fifth on the bounce, was more stressful than it should have been, with the side coasting into the break 3-0 in front. But they managed to withstand the Waders second half fightback to take another precious three points which puts the side back in contention for a top three finish this season.
Victory over Kings Lynn Town, who visit Arbour Park tomorrow (Saturday) would move them to within six points of the second placed Linnets.
A few weeks ago the Rebels were sweating on simply claiming a play-off finish, but now, with five league matches left and a Berks & Bucks Senior Cup semi-final against MK Dons to squeeze in on Wednesday, they have a real opportunity of being at home in their play-off semi-final.
Last week Neil Baker admitted the side had nothing to fear from any of their promotion rivals, and, having collected a magnificent 21 points from the last 24 available, none of their play-off rivals will fancy taking on the Rebels on current form.
They weren’t at their blistering best in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Stratford, and Jon Underwood admitted they were hurt at times in Tuesday’s win over the Waders, but on both occasions they got the job done, and that’s what it’s all about at the business end of the season.
“Obviously we just wanted to get the six points,” said Baker. “It was tough for us on Saturday. The boys looked a little jaded, but they managed to get through it. On Tuesday we played really well in the first half, but, to be fair, in the second it could have gone either way. They gave us a real fright, but we saw it out when I think we might have folded last season.”
The Linnets travel to Arbour Park off the back of a goalless draw at home to Merthyr Town on Saturday, and Baker and Underwood will have revenge on their minds after losing a competitive clash with them 1-0 just a few weeks ago.
“It will be nice to come home after all those away games,” said Baker. “I didn’t think we’d pick up as many points as we have done away from home, but it means we can go into Saturday’s game with confidence and under no pressure.
“If we win the game it would put us in the frame for a home tie in the play-offs. We’ve just got to keep it going now.”
Aside from the injuries to Simon Dunn and Ben Harris, Baker said the squad was in pretty good shape ahead of another busy week for the side. After tomorrow, they visit 10th placed Hitchin Town on Monday.
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