SLOUGH Town joint-manager Jon Underwood will not panic despite admitting pre-season performances have been a cause for concern this summer, writes Rob Stevens.

The Rebels

completed a hat-trick of wins in friendlies when coming from behind to beat Hartley Wintney 2-1 at Arbour Park on Saturday.

The visitors took the lead with a goal from former Slough player Natham Smart before substitute

Daniel Roberts

scored twice late on to ensure victory.

Underwood explained it has not been a perfect summer with some less than vintage performances, but he is confident the squad is stronger than last season.

He told the Observer: "I'm pleased to win but it was a difficult game and Hartley Wintney played very well. We were impressed with them.

"We were not at our best and there was some frustration for us throughout the game that we weren't quite where we want to be.

"We found a way to win which was largely down to Dan coming off the bench. He transformed us when he came on and that was great to see."

Underwood continued: "It's not been a perfect pre-season for us and we were hoping for a much more straightforward summer.

"Our performances have been okay but not quite where we want them to be and that was certainly the case on Saturday.

"We were okay in spells and there was no lack in workrate or anything like that. We were just half a yard from where we want to be at times, both with and without the ball. We weren't doing things quite quick or sharp enough.

"It's a concern because we don't want to be there, we want to be a little further on, but there's no panic. This squad finished last season so well and we've added to it so we think we're stronger.

"Sometimes pre-season doesn't always go the way you want it to and we've had a few challenges with player situations that weren't expected or planned for.

"We've finished with three wins, which includes one in a behind-closed-doors fame, but they've not been vintage Slough Town performances.

"We had an experienced side out last weekend and probably expected a little bit more, so that's a slight disappointment, but hopefully it all comes well this Saturday.

"We will work hard in midweek to get ourselves fully prepared for that first game."

Slough get the new season in the National League South under way with a visit to Arbour Park from newly-promoted Dorking Wanderers this Saturday (3pm).