Clash of the giant-killers
SWINDON Supermarine continue their latest FA Cup adventure against AFC Totton this weekend and manager Dave Webb is hoping for a non-league giant-killing.
Marine saw off big-spending Hungerford in Southern League Division One South & West on Wednesday night, handing Webb’s men significant momentum going into the clash with Southern Premier outfit Totton at the Webbs Wood Stadium on Saturday in the first qualifying round of the world’s most famous knockout competition.
Both clubs have enjoyed long runs in the FA Cup in recent years, with Marine making it all the way to the second round proper in 2010 before losing at Colchester and Totton progressing just as far last season only to be dumped out by Bristol Rovers.
But Webb is hopeful that the visitors will not get the chance to replicate their successes of last term and that his charges will use the 1-0 win against Hungerford as a springboard to victory tomorrow.
“It’s massive really. It should fill the players with a lot of confidence. I think Totton were watching us so hopefully they’ll have gone away thinking we’re not bad and we can play,” he said.
“I think they can take great confidence into the weekend, as we all can.
“It’s a game to look forward to, we go into the game with nothing to lose, we’re not expecting to beat Totton so hopefully we can put on a good show.
“Win or lose, if we put in the same effort in we’ll give them a good game.
“We’ve had runs and done well. I watched Totton last year when they played Rovers, so both teams have had good runs.
“We’re under no illusions how difficult it will be. You do as much background as you can on them but they’ve got a lot of good players and they’re scoring a lot of goals.
“But they’re also conceding goals so hopefully if we can expose that maybe we can have a chance.
“We need that bit of luck that you need in any cup competition.
“But I hope people come and watch and anybody who was here on Wednesday must have enjoyed some of the football that was played because I thought it was good stuff by both teams at times.”
Tom Cole will be available to Webb after returning from holiday but Danny Allen (hamstring) and Ash Edenborough (back) are rated as 50-50 for the game.
Meanwhile, Webb revealed that he will consider using 19-year-old Cayman Island international defender Luigi Hernandez over the course of the coming weeks.
Hernandez has signed up with Marine after joining the club for pre-season but he is not quite ready for action, according to his new boss.
“He’s been training with us through pre-season so he’s one we’re working with and hopefully will show his worth,” said Webb.
“He was at Evesham last year and a little bit at Forest Green. He’s not played a lot of football and he’s not done a lot of pre-season either so he’s a few weeks at least away from being really fit enough to play.
“He’s a centre-back, he’s one to watch and we may introduce him in the next month.”