02:00PM, Friday 30 October 2020
Ryan Bird and Paul Hodges
Slough Town boss Jon Underwood will be hoping familiarity will bring his side some success this weekend as they prepare to host Bath City.
The Romans were responsible for dumping the Rebels out of the FA Cup earlier this season with a 1-0 win at Arbour Park in the tournament’s third qualifying round.
Slough’s early exit from the competition has given them an extra week to prepare for the clash, with the club having not played competitively since their 4-4 draw against Welling United.
“It’s an important match. We know Bath well and we’ve had some very tight games with them over the past couple of years,” said Underwood.
“There wasn’t a lot in the cup game. We had the better of the first half and they had the better of the second.
“They were knocked out of the tournament by Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday and, after speaking to their manager, he feels the same as us.
“I’m certain there won’t be much in it this weekend. Like us, they’ve not fully hit the ground running this season and they’ve got quite a new squad. It’s an opportunity for both teams to kick start their seasons if they can come away with the win.
“In the time we’ve had without a game, we’ve trained but we have also given the team some rest time aswell because we think it’s important with a small squad to try avoid adding to our injury list.”
The Rebels will be without Ben Harris and youngster Ada Okorogheye for this weekend’s clash leaving Underwood and joint boss Neil Baker short of options up front. But on Thursday, Underwood told the Express that a new signing could be in the pipeline with the joint boss confident he can tie an attacking player down in time for Saturday’s game. “We are hopeful of confirming a loan signing to bolster our attacking options,” added Underwood.
“We are light in that position so we’re hopeful of getting a centre forward from a football league club.
“He’s been training in our last two sessions and we’re hopeful of tying that up in the next 24 hours.”
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