After a fantastic midweek win for the Beach Boys against Chelmsford City, Concord will travel to Berkshire on Saturday where they will face 10th placed Slough Town.
Slough haven’t won a league game since they defeated Hungerford Town 2-0 at home on the 9th September. They’ve since lost two and drawn one in the league as well as advanced to the FA Cup first round proper.
A victory will see Slough climb above Concord in the table but a victory for the away side could see them go as high as second.
Slough Town was formed in 1890 when three teams, Swifts, Slough Albion and Young Men’s Friendly Society merged to form Slough FC. Over forty years later, the owners of the club’s stadium sold the Dolphin Stadium leaving the club with no pitch three years later. After several years of ground sharing with Maidenhead United, they merged with a club called Slough Centre FC. The two clubs became Slough United. After WWII, the two conjoined clubs separated and Slough FC decided to rename themselves Slough Town FC.
Slough Town have continued their FA Cup success from last year where they reached the second round proper where they lost to League One side, Rochdale 4-0. The Rebels were promoted to the National League South last season where they finished third, and defeated King’s Lynn Town 2-1 in the play-off final.
Neil Baker is joint-manager alongside Jon Underwood and they’ve both been working together at Slough Town since 2013. Neil played for several non-league clubs after leaving Wycombe Wanderers in his youth. He followed in his father’s footsteps and joined Farnborough, but he also played for Aldershot Town, Boreham Wood, Sutton United, Leatherhead and Bracknell Town. He started his coaching career with Fleet Spurs where he spent two years. He then joined Godalming along with Jon Underwood in the 2010/11 season. During their time at the “Gs,” they reached the Isthmian Division One South playoffs twice, defeated Sutton United to win the Surrey Senior Cup in 2013 and reached the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup where they lost to Maidenhead United. Since their appointments at the Rebels, the two have guided the club into the National League South via the playoffs as well as leading them to the FA Cup second round proper.
Jon Underwood had played alongside Neil for Farnborough where he played over 150 appearances. He also made appearances for Aylesbury United, Staines Town and Bracknell Town. Before joining Neil at Godalming, he spent two years with Sandhurst Town.
Slough Town play their home matches at Arbour Park which only opened two years ago. The club finally moved back to playing their home games in Slough in December 2016 after 13 years when they had to vacate Wexham Park ground in 2003 and had to groundshare until Arbour Park was built.
The Rebel’s one to watch is left sided midfielder, James Dobson. Dobson has predominantly spent his playing career in non-league but did start his career with Oxford United. He has since played for Oxford City, Witney Town, Burnham, North Leigh, Harrow Borough and Aylesbury. He was the club’s top goal scorer last season 21 goals. So far, he has averaged just under a goal ever two games, scoring seven goals in 16 appearances.
This Saturday will be the first league fixture between the two in recent times.
The Beach Boys will travel to Arbour Park this Saturday for a 3pm kick off.