Saints host Slough Town this Saturday

Following a two week break the Saints welcome Slough Town to Clarence Park this coming Saturday for what promises to be an exciting Vanarama National League South clash.

Ian Allinson’s side go into this weekend’s game on the back of a 2-0 defeat a midweek ago against Bath City at Clarence Park in front of an impressive Non-League Day crowd of 1,458. Having won four league games on the bounce prior to the Bath game, the Saints went into the match in confident mood, but two first half strikes from the away side killed City off and meant that the Romans travelled back to Somerset with all three points.

Slough Town, otherwise known as the Rebels, have made a great start to life at this level and are one point ahead of the Saints in eighth place, just outside the play-off places and only six points off of top-spot.

The Berkshire based club, unlike ourselves, were involved in FA Cup action last weekend and secured a First Round tie against Sutton United with a 2-1 win against fellow National League South side Eastbourne Borough.

Away from the Cup and Slough, aside from a 2-1 defeat against Steve King’s Welling United two weeks ago, have been in a rich vein of form having won four of their last five league games. Those victories came against Chelmsford City (1-0), Oxford City (2-0), Eastbourne Borough (4-2) and Hungerford Town (2-0), and it’s a run that perfectly sets up the Rebels for the busy November and December period.

Neil Baker and Jon Underwood took over as joint managers of Slough Town in May 2013 after departing Goldalming Town and have led the Rebels to two promotions and a Second-Round appearance in the Emirates FA Cup, and continue to impress during their first season of management at this level.

Midfielder James Dobson is leading the scoring charts for the Rebels so far this season with seven goals in fifteen appearances, building upon the twenty-one strikes that he netted last term and just ahead of the six strikes from on-loan Peterborough forward Mathew Stevens. The former Oxford City and Haringey Borough man has scored fifty-eight goals in just over 172 appearances for Slough Town, and will be one of the danger men for the City back-line to watch on Saturday afternoon.

This weekend’s game is the first meeting between the two clubs since 2001, when the Saints were 1-0 victor’s at Clarence Park courtesy of a thirtieth minute Robbie Simpson strike. We have faced the Rebels on twenty-three occasions, with the first meeting having occurred in 1931 in a. Amateur Cup First Round tie, which the Saints won 2-1. However, it is the visitors who hold the head-to-head advantage having won eleven of our clashes with the Berkshire club, while City have come out on top in just seven of them.

The Saints go into the game with an almost full squad to choose from, although Richard Sho-Silva has been ruled out for several months with an ACL injury.

Gates will open at 1:30pm and we hope to see many supporters as possible down the Park to help the boys return to winning ways!

Come On You Saints!

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