NEIL BAKER believes that Slough Town were excellent as a defensive unit in the 0-0 friendly draw with Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

Honours were shared in the first game at the now complete Arbour Park Community Stadium, where 1,047 spectators came to watch Slough take on the Football League club.

The Rebels matched their historic rivals but had new keeper Jack Turner to thank as he made several saves in a man-of-the-match debut.

Wycombe thought they had opened the scoring when a trialist at left-back beat Turner from just inside the Slough half, but his effort was disallowed as the referee blew for a foul.

Danny Rowe was twice denied by Turner, before Nathan Tyson missed with a header in front of goal. Turner also beat away another strike from the Wycombe winger.

In the second-half, Wycombe sub Dayle Southwell went closest when his free-kick cannoned back off the crossbar. Turner then denied the visitors again as he stuck out a leg to save from Southwell.

Slough trialist Paul Hodges bent a shot narrowly wide from the edge of the box, before Gavin James put a shot wide late on in the game.

VIDEO: Neil Baker discusses the 0-0 draw with Wycombe on Saturday.

Slough joint-boss Baker told the Observer: "Obviously I'm really pleased. It was a tough afternoon for both sides with the heat. I thought we equipped ourselves well.

"We played a certain shape that we're going to have to adopt at certain times this year, which is probably a bit more defensive than we play at home, but you've got to give respect to a Football League side.

"I thought we were excellent as a defensive unit. They had a few chances and they probably should have done better a few times, but on the whole I'm really pleased with how we defended as a side.

"Towards the end we started to break a bit more and had a few more chances but I'm absolutely delighted.

"Your playing a side from three levels above and if we go gung-ho against them we're probably going to get strung out all over the place."

Slough welcome Wealdstone to Arbour Park on Tuesday (7.45pm) before Tooting & Mitcham United visit this Saturday (3pm).

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