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Baker: Introduction of Worsfold and Lench changed the game for us

The introduction of Max Worsfold and Matt Lench from the bench in the early stages of the second half turned the game in Slough Town’s favour and helped them claim a thrilling late draw against Welling United on Saturday.

Leading 4-1, Welling were cruising to all three points when Lench and then Worsfold were summoned from the bench by Jon Underwood and their presence seemed to galvanise the rest of the team.

Suddenly, the Rebels looked a threat down both flanks. Worsfold crossed from Lench to volley home the side’s second with 20 minutes to play but Welling still held a seemingly comfortable 4-2 lead heading into injury-time.

Harris tapped home the hosts’ third from another cross from the left in the 90th minute before referee Phil Staynings played a great advantage to enable Worsfold to score his last-gasp equaliser. A long punt forward was latched onto by Harris who was scythed down just outside the box by keeper Reice Cook, but Staynings waved play on rather than pulling play back and brandishing a red card to Cook and Worsfold kept his cool to sweep the ball into the net from wide on the left side of the box.

“You have to give the referee credit there because he’s played a great advantage,” said Neil Baker. “If he hadn’t, he’d have had to bring it back and given a free kick outside of the box, so we’re happy that he played on.

“Max had a bit of an ankle injury. By his standards he didn’t have a great game on Tuesday (in the cup tie with Bath City) so we mixed it up a little but, but when he came on, he was exceptional.

“But we’re really pleased with the endeavour at the end. People say our teams don’t get beaten easily and we proved that today. We’ll work over the next few weeks to get better defensively. We can do it. It’s not a big issue, it’s just something that’s crept into our game in the last week really. We’ve just made sloppy, sloppy mistakes.”

Having been knocked out of the FA Cup the Rebels have a free weekend ahead of their next league game at home to Bath City on Saturday week (October 31).

“It is and it isn’t a good thing,” said Baker. “We’d much rather be playing an FA Cup game on Saturday, but it will do us a favour in terms of the injuries we’ve got. It will give us a couple of weeks to get people clear.”

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