SLOUGH Town joint-manager Jon Underwood will remain tight-lipped over targets set for the National League South season.

The Rebels continued to impress in pre-season after a 3-0 win against Boreham Wood at Arbour Park on Tuesday.

Underwood has backed Slough to be competitive week-in-week-out, but he insists aims and ambitions will remain in the changing room.

He told the Observer: “We’ve come up a level and there are so many teams in our league talking themselves up, saying they want to do this or expect to do that.

“I don’t think it’s right for us to do that because we’ve only just reached this level.

“Our first aim is to be competitive week-in-week out and I think we will be, so we will see where that takes us.

“We will have a lot better idea after the seven league games in August . We think we know what the league is about but until we start you don’t truly know.

“We’ve watched a lot of it and feel we’re going to be okay but there are so many strong sides in it with big budgets and very good players.

“There are also managers that are experienced in this league and we are not, this is the highest we’ve managed in, so we’re not going to be shouting form the rooftops.

“In the changing room we know what we’re aiming for, but we will not shout about anything and just keep on working hard.”

Underwood continued: “It’s important to get off to a good start because, the longer you wait for the first three points, in can be tough when you’ve gone up a level and maybe a few doubts start to creep in.

“We’re desperate to start with a win at Arbour Park because we’ve got two tough away games after.

“Whatever fixture you have first up it was not going to be easy in this league but we will be looking to get our first win as soon as we can.

“If it’s not in the first game then we will look at the second, and everyone wants to start well because if you do you never know where it might take you.”

Slough finalise their summer preparations with a friendly against Hartley Wintney at Fleet Town this Saturday.

Underwood said: “I feel that we’re in the right place. One of the big things that any manager will say is you don’t want any injuries and to date we’ve had nothing major.

"If we can get through the last one with no injures that would be fantastic. I don’t want to speak too soon on that but hopefully we can.

"The fitness levels are good and we’re in very good form, so we are where we want to be "We’ve got the squad down to 18, which feels about right, and Tuesday was the first time everyone was available to us for a friendly.

"We looked strong from the start and with the players that came off the bench as well, so we’ve got some tough decisions ahead of us."

He continued: "If it’s 30 degrees on Saturday it will probably be a different game against Hartley Wintney, but we just need to continue to get something out of each game, fitness, goals, a clean sheet or whatever it is.

"It's all taking us to that point a week on Saturday which is where it matters.

"We had a great pre-season last year but then lost our opening game at Arbour Park, so we’re not foolish enough to know it’s just going to be easy for us.

"We’ve gone up a level and every game is going to be tough, but we look well prepared and in a good place at the moment and hopefully we can have a good start to the season."

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