FA CUP: Abrahart lauds Marine firepower
SUMMER signing Luke Abrahart believes Swindon Supermarine’s frontline is in rude health after getting off the mark in Monday’s 3-2 win over Cirencester.
The ex-Woodford striker poked home the winner in the third minute of stoppage time to register his first goal in the blue and white of Marine.
That goal meant that four of the forwards at the Webb’s Wood Stadium - Ash Edenborough, loanee Kayden Jackson, Ben Whitehead and Abrahart - have registered just four games into the season.
And Abrahart says the resulting selection headache for boss Dave Webb can only be positive for the unbeaten Division One South & West club.
“It was a great feeling to get my first goal. I’m not from round here so I didn’t realise how much it meant to some of the people,” said Abrahart.
“But to score is a good feeling, no matter what. Any striker will say the same, a goal is a goal and when it’s in a derby it makes it that little bit better.
“You can’t fault the centre-forwards out there at the minute, they are doing their bit.
“It’s good to have a few of us there to fight for position and we’re all scoring goals, so it’s making the job harder for Webby.”
Marine make the trip to Wessex Premier Winchester in the preliminary round of the FA Cup tomorrow, a competition in which they enjoyed their greatest run in 2010/11.
Under the stewardship of Mark Collier, Marine beat higher-league opposition in the form of Bath City and Eastwood on their way to a narrow second-round proper defeat at Colchester.
Northampton-born Abrahart, 24, has also enjoyed his time in the FA Cup and is keen to feature tomorrow in a clash that he admits is special.
“When I was at Cambridge City we did fairly well and at Rushden & Diamonds we did quite a bit as well,” said Abrahart.
“I’m not sure exactly how far we got as it was years ago and it all blends into one these days.
“Saturday is just another game of football but with a bit more of an edge to it.”
Elsewhere, Cirencester are in action in the FA Cup this weekend as they travel to Slough on Sunday, while Chippenham entertain Totton in the Southern Premier on Saturday.
Bluebirds striker Tom Knighton has backed caretaker boss Steve Winter for the job full-time after the former Torquay midfielder guided Chippenham to wins over Hitchin and Frome.
“We’re all trying to back Wints now and since he’s come in, he’s been brilliant and all the lads have responded to him,” said Knighton.
“I’m not sure if he has gone in for it but I’m sure he’ll have a good shout and most of the lads would be happy with that.”
Chippenham have had around 15 enquiries for the post and the board of directors are accepting applications until the beginning of next week.
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