FA CUP: Webb targets cup improvement
SWINDON Supermarine boss Dave Webb is targeting improved runs in FA knockout competitions this season after suffering disappointment last term.
While Marine had a strong Southern League campaign that saw them make the Division One South & West play-offs in 2012/13, the club’s experience of knockout football was less successful.
The Webb’s Wood side crashed out 6-0 to Totton in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup and were defeated 4-0 by local rivals Chippenham in the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy.
And as Marine prepare to travel to Wessex Premier Winchester in the FA Cup preliminary round tomorrow, Webb has urged his players to secure victory and the £1,925 prizemoney on offer.
“This weekend is important because we want to have a run in the FA Cup,” he said.
“It’s revenue for the football club and it’s vitally important that we go there and don’t underestimate Winchester.
“You see it every year that teams from this level get beat by lower-league opposition and hopefully it’s not us.
“We weren’t great in the cups last year. We came up against a very decent Totton side who gave us a good hiding and in the FA Trophy I picked the wrong team and we were well-beaten by Chippenham.
“It would be nice to go through the rounds and see if we can get a little run going. They are great competitions and we want to stay in them as long as we can.”
Webb is hoping that Swindon Town will give loanee striker Kayden Jackson permission to turn out against Winchester, while captain Dave Bampton looks set to recover from an ankle problem.
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