SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Marine boss Webb happy with point
MANAGER Dave Webb believes Swindon Supermarine’s resurgent second-half performance meant they fully deserved a 1-1 draw at Paulton.
Striker Nick McCootie gave the hosts a 1-0 first-half lead, but after the break Marine loanee Kayden Jackson came off the bench to equalise and secure his side a point.
And Webb feels that Marine merited at least a draw at the Athletic Field.
“I’m over the moon really, we didn’t play that well in the first half and struggled to get into it,” he said.
“The first goal we felt was offside but the linesman didn’t give it.
“We didn’t get our wide players into the game and we couldn’t get the shape we were trying to play working.
“We had a few strong words at half-time where we said that if we didn’t improve then we wouldn’t get anything out of the game.
“The most pleasing thing was the way we turned ourselves round in the second half. We dominated and were unlucky not to win the game.”
Marine make an immediate return to action this afternoon when they take on neighbours Cirencester in a traditional bank holiday clash at the Webb’s Wood Stadium.
Skipper Dave Bampton looks set to win his fitness battle in time to face the Centurions having been forced off with an ankle problem in the closing stages of Saturday’s fixture.
Wide man Aaron Ferris is unavailable as he has had his trial at League Two Rochdale extended by a week.
Cirencester have injury concerns of their own with former Marine centre-half Leigh Henry (back) having missed Saturday’s 4-1 loss to Bridgwater, while striker Steve Davies sustained a thigh injury in the warm-up and Chris Holland was forced off before half-time.
“I don’t know how many players they are going to have available to them but it doesn’t matter really, it’s a local derby and the team that turns up on the day will win the game,” said Webb.
“Last year both teams were so pumped up that it was more about being competitive than playing football.
“It will be a battle and I’m expecting blood and thunder in the first 20 minutes, but hopefully there will be an improvement from last season.
“Two games in three days is tough but hopefully the work we’ve done over the summer will help us. Certainly it seemed to keep us going until the end on Saturday.”