SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Marine boss preparing for a tough week
SWINDON Supermarine may have had easier weeks, but manager Dave Webb wants his players to make the most of home advantage when two in-form teams visit South Marston in cup competitions over the next four days.
Marine play host to Southern League Division One South & West leaders North Leigh in the Red Insure Cup tonight before entertaining Southern Premier outfit Bideford in the FA Trophy on Saturday.
It’s a daunting two games for Webb’s side, with North Leigh having won their last five matches and Bideford unbeaten in the league all season. But the Marine boss is hoping to see his players stand up to the challenge at the Webb’s Wood Stadium, where his team has won every game they have played this term.
“We’ve got a really big FA Trophy game against Bideford coming up on Saturday but that’s not the next game and we need to have the right momentum going into that as well,” he told the Advertiser.
“They’ve won their last eight games in the league and they’ve always had the players to be a threat for promotion.
“Last year they made a late charge for it but didn’t quite get there but this time it’s pretty obvious they’re challenging right up there, they’re top of the league.
“If we don’t put in a good performance then we won’t be in the best possible place going into the weekend. Bideford are unbeaten in their last 11 league games so it’s another difficult test.
“We’re happy with our home record and we want it to be a difficult place to come to and play. We need to make sure we have momentum with us.
“It’s the league cup so it’s a competition we’ve got to take seriously. There aren’t that many competitions for us, and it’s not like in some leagues where you can drop out of one cup into a supplementary cup.
“This is quite important really and I don’t think we can undervalue the competition, especially when we’re coming up against a team in exceptional form.”
Webb is pleased with his team’s progress thus far this season, as they target promotion to the Southern Premier.
“We’ve done exceptionally well so far this season and we’re sitting in second place, although we have played a couple of games more than others in the league,” he said.
“We’ve dropped points in games where maybe we shouldn’t have but overall we’re pretty happy.”
Meanwhile, Malmesbury were made to toil by Hellenic Premier leaders Wantage as they lost their Floodlit Cup clash 10-1 at the Flying Monk last night.
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