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Slough Town league campaign ends in dramatic fashion as Underwood has one eye on next season

SportstTALK: New year blues

Jon Underwood

Late goals, dramatic endings and twists and turns have been the flavour of the season for Slough Town. The Rebels finished their campaign with a thrilling 3-3 draw with Truro, but score line did not tell the whole story.

Heading into the final minutes of the game with Slough leading 3-1 the Rebels were a ‘Hemel Hempstead goal away’ from sliding into the National league South play-offs in their debut season. But the lack of that Hemel goal against Wealdstone and two late Truro goals meant it was not to be for Neil Baker and Jon Underwood’s men.

" I think in the end the closest we came was at 90 minutes in where we were a Hemel Hempstead goal from getting into the play-offs,” said Underwood

“It was pretty action packed – We knew we had to keep an eye on other results and you had to know what was going on and it was a pretty dramatic day.

“We are looking at it as a positive – we took play-offs down to the last game of the season and you would not have expected that were we were before.

“We are happy with how things have gone, obviously disappointed not to be in the play-offs but we wanted to finish the season strong.”

Despite the flat ending to the game in Cornwall, Slough season has most definitely ended on a high as the Rebels embarked on a 10-match unbeaten run to finish the league season, with big wins over Woking and Billericay Town during that time and Underwood believes that it was the way Slough learnt the way the league works that garnered a positive late season charge.

“Sometimes what happens are people say those games (10-match unbeaten run) were meaningless because teams had nothing to play for,” added Underwood

“But there was something big on all of those games.

“We’ve got to grips with this league with a group of players that can compete.”

And Underwood admitted that he and Baker have already begun getting things in motion for the start of next season, with potential new targets already being identified to strengthen the squad.

“It’s been in our minds for a while now (next season) – we have to be planning ahead,” added Underwood

“We’ve sat down and had a chat with the majority of our squad and it’s been positive conversations. We’ve also started to speak to a few targets.

“I don’t want to give too much away but it will be more attacking than defensive. We know that over the course of the season we have been strong at the back but sometimes we haven’t created enough chances.”

“It’s not going to be loads of changes; we are not going to be making wholesale changes, that’s not how we manage."

Slough still have one more match to contest as they look to finish the season with some silverware when they take on Reading FC U23 in the Berks and Bucks Cup final on Monday at 3pm at Bracknell Town. 

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