09:00AM, Saturday 08 September 2018
A point blank save from keeper Jack Turner was the standout moment of an impressive 1-0 victory for Slough Town over Chelmsford, a result which was gratefully accepted by manager Neil Baker.
The Rebels, in their first season in National League South, lost both matches over the recent Bank Holiday weekend and Baker had been keen to end that losing run on Saturday.
“We really needed something and it was great to get all three points,” he said.
“We would have settled for a 0-0, but we were chuffed to win 1-0. It was a tough game.
“We were under the cosh for most of the first 45 minutes and have Jack Turner to thank for keeping it 0-0.”
He added: “That save from Jack was instinctive.
“The Chelmsford player slammed it from about five yards, but it didn't just hit Jack, he moved his hands to the ball. It was a great save and an important one. It’s what Jack does.”
Baker said it was a pivotal moment in the contest against the Clarets.
“Had they scored and gone 1-0, up I’m sure their game management would have changed.
“I’m sure their ball boys are told to return the balls slower when Chelmsford are ahead, so they weren't able to use those tactics as they were behind.
“It also kept the game in the balance until we scored.”
Baker thought his side improved after the break, matching their hosts.
One of the players who performed on the day was new loan signing Matty Stevens, who has joined from League 1 side Peterborough United.
“Matty came in and it’s not easy to come in and play on a Saturday with unfam- iliar players, but he did well.
“He showed some fantastic touches and would have scored but for a close offside call.
“He will make competition for places more intense and push everyone else on.”
Baker said the Rebels needed another striker because the side had been short on goals.
One of the consequences of the signing was the decis-ion of Perry Coles to move on from Arbour Park.
Baker said: “We can't go into games with five forwards.
“We had a few issues with Perry earlier in the season and he just wants to play every match.
“We were hoping to put him on a dual registration basis, but it was not to be.
“He’s a good player and will score goals for someone.”
He added: “Who know our paths might cross again.”
Slough entertain Oxford City tomorrow (Saturday), a team which have a similar record to the Rebels, and a side Baker said pass the ball well.
He added; “If we can get three points it will mean its been a really good start to the campaign for us.
“We certainly don't want to lose after such a good result at Chelmsford.
“The key to doing well in this division is mini winning runs – two, three games in a row – that's how you get up the table.”
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