SLOUGH Town joint-manager Jon Underwood believes a run of two or three wins could put the Rebels back in contention for the National League South play-offs this season, writes Rob Stevens.

Slough have managed just one win in their last seven league matches - one win, two draws and four defeats - which leaves them in 12th position in the table and seven points behind the play-offs.

The Rebels travel to Hampton & Richmond Borough this Saturday (3pm), before a return to Arbour Park for the visit of Gloucester City next Tuesday (7.45pm) and then Dartford on February 16.

Underwood told the Observer: "You always want to be higher in the table but we can't grumble about where we are as many would consider a mid-table position to be good in your first season in this league.

"You can't be too disappointed if you look at where we are, but we want to push on and finish as high as we can.

"Even with three more points on the board we would feel closer to the play-offs but, if we can have a week with two or three wins, that would put us back in contention."

"There are five or six teams you expect to retain their position in the play-offs, but one or two spots that are up for grabs between six to eight sides.

"We're probably at the bottom of that pack with work to do, but you never know. The league is so tight now that three wins puts you back in contention, but that's not happened for us in the last couple of games.

"We had a disappointing day at Weston where we couldn't find the goal and got punished, followed by a tough evening at Billericay where we put in a really positive performance but came away with nothing.

"We're not beating ourselves up however but want to keep the season alive. We want to still be in with a shout with a month to go."

Slough are looking to bolster their attacking options following the departure of James Dobson to Sutton United and with Dejon Noel-Williams failing to make an impact while on loan from Oxford United.

The Rebels could add to their squad before the trip to Hampton & Richmond this Saturday although Underwood has warned of the potential pitfalls of loan signings.

He explained: "We're a new side in this league and not having a bad season, but we will now focus on being as strong as we can for the run in.

"We've made some changes in the last few weeks and there's been a few things happening on the pitch. We've had to change our shape and are looking to add one or two players.

"We're just focusing on getting things right on the pitch and hopefully the results will follow.

"In terms of player recruitment, we're finding it not easy to bring in the right players that we know will improve us.

"We're looking at players on loan but there's a lot to consider. Are the parent club expecting them to play each week and are the players hungry.

"That's not always the case when you taken on a loanee but it's what we build the team on, so we won't sign players for the sake of it.

"We have a lot of belief in the players but we are a little bit light on numbers.There's a chance we might bring in another player on loan this weekend."

Slough drew 1-1 with Hampton & Richmond Borough at Arbour Park on the opening day of the season back in August.

The Beavers have won just once in their last eight league matches however Underwood has warned against complacency from the Rebels.

He stressed: "Hampton are struggling for a little bit of form and consistency in terms of their results so that's why their below us in the table, but in this league all sides are capable of beating each other.

"If you want to climb the table then you've got to beat the teams below you, but there are no easy games in this league and we felt that at Weston.

"We will try to win the game but we respect all teams and it often comes down to who does better on the day in this league."