MARK Nisbet insists automatic promotion is the target for Slough Town FC this season.

Rebels narrowly missed out last season when they lost to Leamington in the the play-off semi final.

But Nisbet is confident Rebels can go one better this time and go straight up under the guidance of joint-bosses Jon Underwood and Neil Baker.

Nisbet told the Observer: “It all depends on the other teams, what sides have come down, and what teams have made good signings.

“We have made some strong signings, every one is pushing to start, and obviously we got to the play-offs last year so we are hopeful of at minimum the play-offs again.

“We want automatic promotion, but it depends on how we play and how we start the season.”

Rebels kick off their Evo-Stik League South Premier campaign with a home fixture against Kettering Town at Arbour Park on Saturday, August 12.

They stretched their unbeaten pre-season run to three matches with a 3-0 home win over Tooting & Mitcham last Saturday.

Goals from Chris Flood, Warren Harris and Manny Williams – all in the second half – secured the victory at Arbour Park.

Rebels have two more friendlies in the next week at home to Met Police this Saturday (3pm) and away to Uxbridge next Tuesday (7.45).

Nisbet is also preparing for a special day of his own when his former club Maidenhead United host his testimonial match on Sunday, July 30 (2pm).

The defender spent 10 years with Magpies, many of them as captain, before joining Slough in summer 2016.

He will take a select XI to York Road to face a Maidenhead team of past and present players.

Nisbet, who still works for the Magpies Community Trust, stated: “I cannot wait. It is going to be good, a bit of fun, a friendly against the first team.

“It is nice of them to award me the testimonial and I am looking forward to it.

“A few ex-players like Danny Green, David Hunt, Alex Wall, Jamael Fifield, Bobby Bezhadi and a couple of older keepers have said yes.

“The best player I have played with is Neville Sawyer and he is also going to be there.”

Meanwhile, Windsor were thumped 6-0 at home by Maidenhead United last Saturday. Dave Tarpey netted four times for the Magpies, while Chinu Mackenzie and Kofi Boateng grabbed the other goals.

On the same day a young Magpies side drew 1-1 at Staines Town, with Sean Marks on target.

Magpies then drew 1-1 at Wealdstone on Tuesday night. Carl Pentney saved Elliot Benyon’s first-half penalty after Jake Hyde had given the visitors the lead, only for Danny Green to equalise.

Before that Alan Devonshire’s men had won 4-0 at Chertsey Town last Thursday night as Marks, Chinu, Hyde and a triallist notched the goals.

Windsor, whose friendly against Chalfont St Peter was cancelled on Monday, host Holmer Green this Saturday (3pm ko), while Maidenhead travel to Hungerford Town next Tuesday night (7.45pm ko).

Windsor boss Mick Woodham has seen Robert Lazarczuk and Barry Dunbar leave Stag Meadow, with the pair currently training with Ascot United.

But former Fulham striker Barry Hales and ex-Reading U18s player Jack Denton, now of Cox Green Academy, could sign for Windsor, while former player Paul Coyne looks set for a return.