SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Marine out to extend run
SUPERMARINE manager Dave Webb is hoping his side can maintain their recent good form as the fixture list piles up in the wake of the recent spate of washouts.
The South Marston side’s clash with Wimborne was called off at the weekend due to heavy rain but Webb’s side host Didcot this evening looking to extend their recent runs of four wins on the bounce.
“We’re coming in on the back of a great performance. Even though we were called off we got the players in on Saturday for a training session and looked really sharp,” Webb told the Advertiser.
“We’ve turned a little bit of a corner in terms of form, the players are playing well and in good spirit and looking to keep it going.”
Dave Brampton is the only player unavailable for Supermarine, the captain was been frustrated in trying serve the final part of his two match ban by Saturday’s washout.
The game also sees the return to the Webb’s Wood of Ben Whitehead who joined Didcot back in November. Webb’s not too worried that Whitehead may have provided his new team with inside information.
“I’m sure they’re aware of the way we play. Ben’s a good lad and a threat, he’s scored a few goals since moving there. It’ll be good to see him but I hope he doesn’t have his best game.”
The problems brought by the recent weather have provided a familiar problem for the South Marston side. Webb was full of praise for the league’s secretary for getting all the club’s games rearranged and is hoping to build momentum into a congested fixture list, starting with three games in six days.
“At this level the players are well used to playing Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday-Tuesday, but you do want the occasional games off in midweek.
“We have the experience of being in a similar position last season. Looking at the enthusiasm of the training sessions on Saturday, I think we can make a push and try to close that gap.”
Buoyed by recent results Webb is still aiming for a top five finish but isn’t expecting an easy ride tonight night.
“The league has shown that results go against form. It’s so tight that anybody can beat anybody else. We never go into a game thinking that’s one we’re definitely going to win. If you don’t give the opposition respect they deserve you get beat.
“Didcot brought a few players in since then we played them and are going to be scrapping to get away from those bottom places.”
The Hellenic Premier League side play Tuffley Rovers as they look to progress to the quarter finals of the Floodlit Cup.
In last night’s action, Highworth lost 2-1 away at Wantage in Floodlit Cup action. The hosts took the lead, which they held until half-time, before doubling their advantage after the break. John Fisher’s side grabbed one back through Liam Williams but it wasn’t enough.
In the Red Insure Cup, a deplted Cirencester side lost 4-1 against a full-strength Hungerford Town.