Following the spectacle of the Emirates FA Cup First Round tie against Grimsby Town, Slough Town must now shift their focus to a week of National League South fixtures. Cornish side, Truro City will make the arduous 450-mile round trip to Berkshire this evening. Scott Davies' men have had a swift turnaround from Sunday's draw with the Mariners and will therefore need to be at their best to prevent Truro from taking advantage of weary legs.
Truro have experienced a fairly mixed season so far, currently residing 3 points and 2 places above the Rebels in the table. They have recorded 4 wins, 4 draws, and 6 losses in 14 games this campaign. Despite occupying a higher league position than the Rebels, the White Tigers have been in a rough patch of form in recent weeks. They haven't won a game since early September when they comfortably defeated bottom-of-the-table Havant and Waterlooville 3-1 away from home. Since then, they've exited the FA Cup with a loss against Weston-Super-Mare and suffered two more defeats. However, two positive draws against Worthing and Aveley showed some signs of promise. Their most recent result in the league was a 2-1 loss against Tonbridge Angels. This gives Truro a good reason to be eager to snatch 3 points from a Rebels side dealing with an immensely busy schedule.
The manager of Truro, Paul Wotton, is an experienced coach who has been at the helm of the club since July 2019. A veteran of the game, with nearly 400 appearances for his boyhood club Plymouth Argyle, Wotton's knowledge and expertise will be crucial to the success of his Truro side throughout the season and should not be underestimated by Slough. He will be aiming to get his team back to winning ways.
Wotton will be hoping that the 29-year-old centre forward, Andrew Neil, will provide his side with much-needed goals in this evening's clash. The striker, who has been at the club since 2020, has scored 6 goals in 14 appearances this season. Having scored 60 goals for Bodmin Town during the 2016-17 season, the striker signed for Truro City before leaving in 2018 to join Taunton Town. Since rejoining City in 2020, he has become a key danger man for the Cornish side, recording 20 goals in all competitions over his last two seasons. As tonight is his 30th birthday, he will be hopeful that he can cause the Rebels' defence some problems, but Scott Davies' men will aim to prevent any sort of birthday celebrations under the lights at Arbour Park.
Kick-off is at 7:45pm this evening at Arbour Park, with live radio commentary available via Rebels Radio, as well as live social media updates throughout the game for the Rebels' fans who are unable to attend this evening's match. The match will also be streamed live on National League TV.
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