SLOUGH Town joint-manager Jon Underwood admits to feeling both pleased and disappointed with the 1-1 draw at Dartford on Saturday, writes Rob Stevens.

The Rebels put their FA Cup exit at the hands of Gillingham behind them to secure a point at Princes Park, which leaves them in 15th position in the National League South.

The visitors took the lead when Josh Jackman stole the ball, drove forward and smashed a shot into the bottom corner of the goal on 37 minutes.

Dartford equalised seven minutes into the second-half as Andre Coker raced onto a through pass and fired home past keeper Jack Turner.

Underwood is pleased to have secured a point at Dartford but he is disappointed not to have won all three as Slough failed to convert several clear-cut chances.

He told the Observer: "I'm pleased because we played really well and that the reaction to Sunday's disappointment has been spot on.

"Our first-half performance was probably as good as we've played in the league for a long time. We were first to everything and played some really good football.

"We created a few chances and deserved our half-time lead. I'm really pleased with the first half.

"We started reasonably well in the second-half. The turning point was a great opportunity for Manny Williams with his head, probably five or 10 minutes in, but that didn't go in.

"Five minutes later, if that, they get the equaliser.

"Dartford had a little spell then when we were probably a little bit open and they looked quite threatening. It was the first time in the game really that they threatened us.

"Credit to our boys after that. We got a foothold in the game again and we started to look like we could hurt them.

"It was quite open in the last half-hour and either side could've nicked it. Probably at that point we didn't want to lose the game.

"It was important that we didn't lose after going out of the FA Cup and a point probably becomes a good result.

"We had another great chance at the end to win it so I have mixed emotions but the overriding emotion is I'm pleased with the performance and character of the boys.

"This time last season we were beaten 4-2 at home by Bishops Stortford in a game where everything went wrong for us and a flat performance.

"There was always that nagging doubt that it might happen again, but the boys have shown great character and given a big and positive performance."

He added: "Josh Jackman was fantastic. He and Guy Hollis were probably our stand-out players

"Josh defensively and going forwards was a real threat. He won the ball just inside their half, drove on and it was a fantastic shot.

"The best chances were three free headers. Ben Harris had one before half-time where he got underneath it and headed over the bar.

"Manny had one early in the second-half and then Guy from a corner on probably 88 minutes where he saw it most of the way.

"We need to be hitting the target. None of those free headers hit the target which is disappointing.

"There is a tinge of disappointment because we know we could've won it and our performance over the 90 minutes probably deserved it.

"You have to be happy coming to Dartford and getting a point.

"We sometimes have to remember where we've come from. We've just been promoted and this lot sitting in the play-off positions and do well every year at home.

"I know they are a new side with a lot of changes but they're a strong team, so you have to be happy with a point."

Slough welcome Truro City to Arbour Park on Tuesday (7.45pm) when a new striker could be added to the squad after Matthew Stevens was re-called by Peterborough United, plus a doubt over the fitness of Chris Flood.

Underwood said: "The point becomes a really good one if we win on Tuesday. If you pick up four points from these two games that's really good.

"There's no point in coming to Dartford and getting a good draw and then not winning on Tuesday. We've got to back this up with another positive against Truro.

"You always take four points from two games in this league, and if one of those games is away at Dartford then you take that everything week.

"Truro suffered a heavy defeat at Oxford City on Saturday but they've picked up recently so we don't really know what to expect yet.

"It's tough for Truro to make that journey on a Tuesday.

"We need to look at our team and try to be bright and really positive."

He added: "It's typical because we've had four strikers and they've been pretty fit the majority of the time.

"You go down to three and then Chris Flood gets injured in the warm-up. He's just tweaked his back and it's nothing too serious.

"We're looking and showing faith in the three that we've got, but if Chris is a doubt for Tuesday we might have to look at something short-term because we're not just going to bring anyone in permanently.

"It might be that we have someone come in and sit on the bench for us on Tuesday while we look for the right one, if we do bring someone in.

"There's lots to think about and we will try to make those decisions over the next three or four days."