NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Morris enjoying man in the middle role
SAM Morris says Swindon Supermarine are beginning to get the most out of him in centre-midfield and is keen to continue in that position.
The 23-year-old has been used as a utility player during his four seasons at Marine, featuring in the middle of the park, on the right flank and even at full-back.
However, Morris has started all four of Marine’s Southern League Division One South & West fixtures this campaign and his team have gained three wins and one draw in that time.
While the Webb’s Wood side are awash with personnel in centre-midfield, ex-Swindon Town man Morris has kept his teammates out of the side and Rob Dean’s upcoming three-match suspension should assure him of further minutes in the weeks to come.
“I had a chat with Webby (boss Dave Webb) and said that I prefer to play centre mid, it’s where I played as a youngster and it’s been great to get a few games,” said Morris.
“It’s just nice to play where I like to play and I hopefully I can contribute.
“It’s where I feel I play naturally. I haven’t really got the ability in my locker to do a step-over, run past the full-back and whip it into the box.
“I like to do what I do, just keep it simple in the middle.”
While Marine are undefeated so far this campaign, Morris feels that there is plenty more to come from the South Marston outfit.
“We’re not really off and running yet,” he said.
“We’re not playing the best football but still churning out results, so that bodes well for the future.”
Marine travel to Wessex Premier Winchester for an FA Cup preliminary round tie this weekend, their opponents having dropped down from Division One South & West last season.
“If we all keep our heads, play the way we can play and cut out mistakes, I’m sure we can win the game on Saturday,” said Morris.
“I don’t think Winchester will be the same side as last season, but as long as we make sure we do what we’re good at, we’ll be fine.”
Meanwhile, supporters should note that Marine’s league fixture against Merthyr on Saturday, September 7 will be played at the Causeway, the home ground of Cinderford.
That is because work is being undertaken to lay a 3G pitch at Merthyr’s Penydarren Park home.
Next month’s fixture will see Marine go up against the side that knocked them out of last season’s play-off semi-finals on penalties.
Meanwhile, Cirencester's FA Cup preliminary round meeting with Slough has been pushed back 24 hours.
The Holloways Park clash was due to be played on Saturday but will now take place on Sunday.
Slough groundshare with Beaconsfield and the Rams’ FA Cup home fixture with Bracknell Town has been given priority.
In last night’s Hellenic League action, Malmesbury Vics drew 1-1 with visitors Letcombe in Division One West.
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