JON UNDERWOOD has warned Slough Town that they cannot allow themselves to be distracted by the FA Cup when they return to action in the Southern Premier Division this Saturday.

The Rebels have been drawn at home to League One Rochdale in a money-spinning FA Cup second round tie which will be shown live on BT Sport One on Monday, December 4 (7.45pm).

However, Underwood insists that the league has always been the main priority this season and he has called for his side to focus when promotion rivals Weymouth visit Arbour Park on Saturday.

The Rebels joint-manager told the Observer: “The league is the number one priority for us.

“That might sound strange because there’s not as much noise around it as there is the FA Cup, but our focus must turn back on the league and getting points on the board because we’re trying to get promoted and win the division if we can.

“It’s important to keep on winning to stay with the top sides . We’ve got games in hand and must focus on getting back to the top. We can’t allow ourselves to be distracted.”

Slough have not featured in the league since the win against Gosport Borough on October 24 and have dropped to fourth position in the table, while Weymouth have moved up to second place.

Underwood continued: “It’s a huge game because Weymouth have gone above us, but we’ve got four games in hand on them.

“Weymouth have got a good side that’s a little bit different from last season. They’ve got a lot of ex-Bournemouth lads out of the professional game and score a lot of goals.

“Weymouth supporters travel well and we will be selling FA Cup tickets so I’m sure they will be a big crowd on Saturday.”

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