SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Supermarine boss struggling for options at left-back
SWINDON Supermarine manager Dave Webb admits he faces an uphill task to find cover in the left-back area following the retirement of Danny Allen.
Jon Steedman is the only option in that position at present following Allen’s shock exit last week and Webb is concerned that he does not have anyone else to compete for the number three role.
However, with quality left-sided players at a premium, Webb knows it will be difficult to bring in the right man any time soon.
“We’re always on the lookout in case there’s someone around, but I haven’t made any approaches to any clubs for any players,” he said.
“Left-back isn’t an easy position to fill because good left-sided defenders aren’t around in numbers.
“If anything happens to Jon Steedman then we’re a bit exposed, so we have to ensure that he stays fit.
“I’ll be looking but it will depend whether we can attract the right kind of person and whether they want to come.
“The ideal scenario would be to sign a left-sided centre-back stroke left-back and then we can cover both positions.”
From a positive point of view, Marine yesterday completed the paperwork to bring Swindon Town striker Kayden Jackson back to the Webb’s Wood for a third successive month-long loan spell.
Jackson’s temporary deal contains a clause that allows Town to recall the youngster with 24 hours’ notice.
Marine entertain Tiverton tomorrow and as has often been the case of late, Webb is contending with issues in central defence.
Craig Curtis is on holiday and is still dealing with a groin problem anyway, while skipper Dave Bampton has a one-game ban as he has reached five bookings.
“Bamps has had a bit of a problem with his hip so hopefully the rest between now and next Saturday will do him the world of good. It’s probably a good time for him to have a break,” said Webb.
“With Craig not being available it does leave us a little bit short in that area. When they come back we’ll be fine but this week we have a little bit of a problem.
“Tiverton are pushing for the play-offs and have quality and experience throughout the team.
“They are going to be there or thereabouts with the resources they have got and it would be a travesty if they weren’t. We’re unbeaten at home in the league so we want to continue that.”
Meanwhile, Marine have been drawn at home to local rivals Cirencester in the second round of the Red Insure Cup.
The match will take place on Wednesday, November 13.
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