FA CUP: Swindon Supermarine boss rues 'basic errors'
BOSS Dave Webb was left to rue the ‘basic errors’ that cost Swindon Supermarine as they were sent crashing out of the FA Cup at the preliminary round stage by lower-league Winchester.
Marine were defeated 3-0 by their Wessex Premier hosts as a double from Ben Osborne and a penalty from Chris Flood did the damage at the City Ground.
It was a first loss of the campaign for Marine against a side that dropped down from the Southern League last season and a downhearted Webb said his team only had themselves to blame.
“I’m very disappointed. We made basic errors to give them their first two goals and for the penalty Dave Bampton was all over him, so we’ve handed them the chance to progress with three errors,” said Webb.
“Everything had been done right beforehand and I feel sorry for the people that travelled down to watch, because the players haven’t delivered, you can’t dress it up any other way.
“The team should have been good enough, but we weren’t good enough.
“Myself and the players have let the club down.
“It’s not like we didn’t have opportunities to score, we just didn’t have the quality to finish them when they came.
“Winchester are a much-improved team and credit to them because they took their chances. They got the goals at good times and it kills you.
“There’s no excuses on our behalf, we didn’t do the simple things right.”
The home side took the lead midway through the first half when Ash Edenborough was dispossessed in midfield and the resulting through-ball set Osborne free, with the striker rounding stopper Kent Kauppinen before tapping into the net.
Winchester hit the woodwork soon after and then doubled their lead when Kyle Lapham’s ill-advised pass-back to Kauppinen was collected by Osborne and he gleefully converted.
Number three was added in the second period after Bampton was adjudged to have pulled down Russell Cook and Flood tucked away the spot kick.
Following the defeat, Webb urged his players to bounce back at the earliest opportunity – in his eyes not on Wednesday when Marine welcome Division One South & West new boys Stratford – but at training this evening.
“We’ve got to put that result behind us and move on, and I’ll be looking for a reaction on Monday when they come in for training,” said Webb.
“I know we’ve got character at this club and it’s down to the players to put this right.”
Striker Luke Abrahart and winger Josh Morse took no part in Saturday’s game as both were suffering from viruses picked up late last week.
Comments are closed on this article.