05:00PM, Friday 27 July 2018
Slough Town’s management team won’t scream and shout about their chances this season, but they do think they’ll be competitive in National League South.
Neil Baker said this week the Rebels would carry momentum into the new season and, with the players they’ve signed, he doesn’t expect them to struggle.
Sam Togwell and Louis Soares are the only players to link up with the Rebels so far, but last season’s play-off winners include many players with experience in the National League.
This week’s pre-season results will have also added to the optimism, particularly Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Boreham Wood of the National League, a side that made last season’s play-off final for promotion to League 2. Ben Harris, Sam Togwell and James Dobson scored in the comprehensive friendly victory. However, Baker said he was unimpressed with certain aspects of the club’s 5-0 win over Staines Town on Saturday.
“Boreham Wood are a good side who came within 90 minutes of playing League 2 football last season,” said Baker.
“The lads were excellent, but it would have been a good game even if we’d lost because it felt competitive.
“It felt like there was something on it, even though there wasn’t.
“It’s the closest thing we’ll get to a league game and we played really well. I don’t know whether they had an off day or not but we stood up to their physical presence.”
Baker firmly believes the Rebels will be competitive this season, but doesn’t put them in the same bracket as big-spending Billericay and demoted sides Woking FC and Torquay who he says are favourites for promotion.
“We’re a team of momentum at the moment,” he said. “So we feel strong and believe we’ll cause teams problems. We’re not going to say we’ll do this and that because it would make us look stupid and come back to bite us, but we have to be confident we can be competitive.
“Billericay have got to be one of the favourites, even though they’ve come up like us. They’ve got strength, quality and experience. Then you’ve got teams like Torquay United and Woking who should do well.
“It’s a difficult league, but with the squad we’ve got I’d be surprised if we struggle. With the play-offs going down to the seventh team you’ve got a chance if you’re in mid-table. We’re positive and ambitious, but we’re also under no pressure and want to enjoy this.”
Slough visit Hartley Wintney for their final friendly tomorrow (Saturday) before kicking off their seaeaon at home to Hampton on August 4
Baker confident newly promoted Slough Town won’t struggle next season
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