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Slough Town confirm pre-season programme of friendly matches

Slough Town have confirmed their pre-season programme of friendly matches ahead of their return to competitive action on October 3.

In line with government guidelines all of the Rebels pre-season matches will be played behind closed doors.

Jon Underwood and Neil Baker’s men kick things off at Bracknell Town this Saturday, before hopping across to Stag Meadow to take on Mark Cooper’s improving Windsor side on Tuesday night.

They’ll follow that with three home friendlies against National League sides Boreham Wood on Tuesday, September 15, Weymouth on Saturday, September 19 and Aldershot Town on Tuesday, September 26 before finishing off with a trip to another National League side, Wealdstone, on Saturday, September 26.

“We have put together the schedule in this way to allow the opportunity to look at some trialists in the opening two games,” said Jon Underwood. “We’ll then finalise the squad and have a few more weeks training in preparation before four very tough tests against National League opposition.”

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Five awards were handed out at Slough Town Ladies’ end of season awards event this weekend.

Nikhita Sangha scooped the coveted players’ player award and was named managers’ player of the season.

Top goal scorer Shannon Daly won the golden boot, Bonnie Messitt took the supporters’ player of the season award and Laiba Arshad was named the most improved player.

Manager Craig Gareppo said: “Nikhita is a constant nine out of 10 every week. Very fast and strong and she’s thriving at right back even though it’s not her natural position. She became one of the first names on the team sheet every week. She’s clearly a well-respected player and, in my opinion, to be voted best by your teammates in the best award to receive.

“Bonnie is an all-action player with her box-to-box running and creative traits. This made her into a fan favourite.

“Laiba was a very timid player to begin with and struggled with the physicality of women’s football. But over the season she adapted superbly, becoming a big part of our team and she thoroughly deserves her award.

“Paddy Shannon was in a tight race for this award all season. She is very composed in front of goal and scored vital goals in a great season for her.”

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