It’s been a stop-start season so far, with numerous disruptions due to COVID-19 and the men’s first team having to play its matches behind closed doors.
But there’s plenty to look back on and celebrate so far this season, and lots to look forward to when football resumes at all levels in the coming weeks.
Many of our other teams find themselves at the top end of their respective leagues - here’s a summary of how they’ve been getting on!
Slough Town U23s
The newly formed U23s squad has started the season well, which sees them currently sitting top of the Suburban Premier League. The squad had started to find a promising momentum prior to Lockdown 2.0. With only five games played, we have already seen excellent team performances against Lingfield, Hartley Wintney and Abbey Rangers.
We are yet to play some of the league’s ‘powerhouses’ so will have some tough challenge ahead over the coming months.
We have attracted some exciting young players, some of whom have already been given the opportunity to train or play with the first team, with Ada Okorogheye the most notable and we are confident as the season goes on, the young players will develop and mature which will see even more progress.
The U23 players train daily, so we will hopefully be able to get back up to full fitness relatively quickly and we have been fortunate to have kept them busy with a well-balanced lockdown schedule including; monitored running challenges, group work outs, guest speakers and advice on cooking and their nutrition to aid their performance.
We have been extremely grateful for the support of Neil, Jon and the steering group and it has been a real bonus having the Rebels faithful watching our games – it has certainly given the young players a lift!
We cannot wait to get started again and would welcome everyone to come and support the young emerging Rebels.
Slough Town Ladies
Up until the second lockdown, Slough Town Ladies have been unbeaten in the League and are sitting top with a very healthy goal difference.
Considering it is only our second season together, we have started to realise the potential this team has and it looks a very formidable outfit this season. The Ladies are the leading goal scorers in our division, and we also have the third overall top goal scorer in all the leagues combined.
We are all buzzing for the restart and continuing our great start. Our aim is to win the league and stay unbeaten for the season.
Slough Town Rebels were newly formed at the beginning of this season and have had a mixed start to the season, but with the players learning about each other results have started to improve. They are in a tough league, and are sitting mid-table with a few good wins under their belt. The early signs are very good and they can’t wait to get back to playing after lockdown.
Slough Town Juniors
Regardless of the fact that we have only actually managed to play 6 weeks of the Junior season so far after the incredibly long break, Slough Town’s Junior teams came out of the first lockdown flying.
Prior to the lockdown, we had worked hard to establish new teams for both girls and boys. The existing teams were heading for strong finishes with more than one of them losing out on the opportunity of silverware.
We started the season with 12 Junior teams this year by adding two U8s, U10, U12, U13 and a second U15 team along with an U10 girls team. We welcomed several new coaches to the club along with lots of new players.
In the few weeks of games, the U16s have established themselves at the top of Division 1 having just been promoted. Our new U13s likewise sit at the top of Division 1. The U12s, who are really only U11s have achieved top spot in Division 1. Both the U10s and U11s have had strong starts in their non-competitive leagues, so much so that the U10s are moving to U11 after Christmas and the U11s have moved to the top division.
The two U8s and the U15 Stags are establishing themselves as new teams and the U15s continue to compete in Division 2.
Within the Girls teams we were delighted to be able to enter an U10 team by drawing players from the long established Wildcats and adding a few new girls to the club. After a couple of tough weeks, the girls pulled off a resounding win and have not looked back since.
The U12s lost a couple of players, including their goalkeeper over the break and also had to contend with life in Division 1. With several new players added, they are now settling into a much tougher league.
The U14s made the move to 11-a-side this year as girls make the move a year later than the boys. They have so far only played two league games, but have managed a few friendlies as well.
It is great to see our teams doing well - looking out over Arbour Park on a Tuesday evening or a Saturday morning and seeing so many boys and girls aged 5-16 training, working hard and having fun is a joy to see and makes all the current additional hurdles worthwhile.
We look forward to getting back to it from 5th December and hope we can get a few games in before the weather throws us off course again.
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