TT Match Preview: Slough Town by Warren Carter

“Top half of the table, bigger crowds, better away grounds, attractive football and 2nd round of the FA Cup for second year running. What’s not to like?”

Slough Town supporter Warren Carter returns to discuss ‘The Rebels’ season so far:

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Manny Williams scoring Slough’s Play-Off winner last year – photo by Gary House Photographer

Hi Warren, we spoke to you earlier in the season – how has 2018-19 gone for Slough Town since then?

Loving it. Top half of the table, bigger crowds, better away grounds, attractive football and second round of the FA Cup for second year running. What’s not to like? (well I didn’t like outplaying Gillingham in the FA Cup and losing to a wonder goal).

What’s been your highlights of the season so far?

Beating Sutton on penalties in FA Cup 2nd round replay in front of a record home crowd is hard to beat, but I’m loving every away game. We were such a homeless basket-case for so long, watching Slough used to be like having needles poked in your eyes in villages of the Damned, now it’s a joy and going away is like mini-holiday where you drink beer with your mates, have a laugh and watch some great football. We’ve also really found our voices and humour (although I think at home we are often so quiet they must put sedatives in the beer).

Do you think you can make the play-offs?

Probably but I don’t think we are ready for another step up just yet. We are a voluntary run club and I think National League would be a step too far and not benefit the club in the long run. Let’s have a few more seasons enjoying ourselves, attracting new fans and finally reaching the third round of the FA Cup (we hold the world record for most 2nd round appearances without reaching the 3rd round).

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FA Cup entrance for ‘The Rebels’ – photo by Gary House Photographer

Who are the key players we should look out for this Saturday and why?

It might seem cliché but we’ve got such a great squad of players who all work hard for each other, I can’t pick anyone out.

What tactics do Slough employ and how do you think they’ll approach the game at Plainmoor?

We played different formations every game over Christmas, god knows! Our joint managers are either tactical geniuses or are losing their marbles.

Do you expect to see some incomings for Slough to boost the squad this month?

We do need a new striker (I know every club says that) and have a young lad on loan from Oxford United after Matt Stevens from Peterborough played so well for us, his club recalled him. But I know we don’t throw silly money at anyone and our managers will be keeping tabs on players they want – they seem to get them in the end!

Will you have many away fans travelling down to Torquay?

Be surprised if there’s not 100. Quite a few including me are staying over the weekend cos unsurprisingly, hotel rooms are quite cheap in Torquay this time of year. We also reckon it could be the only chance of going to your ground, as everyone expects you to get automatic promotion.

Arbour Park – photo by Gary House Photographer

How was the Xmas/NY period for you guys?

Maximum points until the Wealdstone raiders spoilt the party New Years Day. We battered them at their place, and did a serious smash and grab at Dulwich which with them coming home in front of 2900 people, felt more like a carnival than a football match.

Who are the best teams you’ve faced this season?

Woking. Please beat them to the league title so they can then lose in the play-offs, as it will warm the cockles of our Rebels hearts. Welling have some great players shame about the manager and Dartford have a ground to die for but they were lucky to get a point from us. This league is so competitive, anyone can beat anyone.

What’s your match prediction for the weekend and are you surprised just how well TUFC have done since Gary Johnson took over?

Be great to get a point but Slough also have the ability to nick a win. We are still disappointed we missed that penalty at the death to get all 3 from you at our place. Surprised Gary Johnson is doing so well? No, the club pulled off a blinder getting him as manager. – We sure did! Have a safe journey down Warren and good luck for their rest of your season – Dom

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