Webb plans to prioritise strengthening defence ahead of next campaign
5:30am Tuesday 13th May 2014 in By Michael Reeves, Deputy sports editor
SWINDON Supermarine manager Dave Webb is determined to build his squad from the back as he begins to plot for the new campaign.
The Webb’s Wood Stadium chief insists his first priority in planning for next term is making sure that his side are harder to beat.
Supermarine were left with play-off heartbreak once again this term, but boss Webb felt that his team gifted Merthyr Town three goals in the 5-2 defeat.
And that is part of the reason why the South Marston manager is keen to secure the his back-line first despite his talented strike duo Ash Edenborough and Josh Parsons both netting 29 goals apiece.
“We need to build from the back, make sure that we have a good spine running through the team,” Webb said. “I feel that we have those players.
“Sam Warrell is a good as a goalkeeper I have ever worked with, we need to have good solid centre-halves, Mark Flanagan at left-back had a great season for us.
“I’m sure some players will get interest from other clubs, but I hope that they like what we are doing here and want to stay so that we can have another go at it.”
While Webb is keen to keep his squad together, he knows that midfielder Danny Hildier will not be returning next term as he jets off to Australia to begin a new job.
The Marine boss will be meeting with chairman Jez Webb in the next couple of days to discuss what money he will have available for the coming campaign.
“It would be great if I could add one or two players,” the manager said. “I want to keep Ash and Josh together they have had great seasons.
“I want to have the squad sorted as soon as possible because I don’t want another August like we had this season.
“I’m looking at the play-offs at the very least, but it will be tough with the likes of Tiverton and Merthyr still in the league.”
Webb also said that he was pleased to see the end of season awards shared among three players.
Edenborough claimed the Manager’s Player of the Year award, Parsons took the Players’ Player and captain Dave Bampton was the Supporters’ Player of the Year.
“It just shows the contributions made by all of the team this season,” Webb said. “It is nice to see the awards shared around.
“I gave Ash my award because he was top scorer for the second season in a row and he didn’t get anything last year.
“He has formed a great partnership with Josh and he took the players’ player by a considerable margin.”