SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Supermarine facing hectic two weeks
5:30am Friday 14th March 2014 in By Michael Reeves, Deputy sports editor
SWINDON Supermarine manager Dave Webb believes that the next two weeks will shape his play-off chasing side’s season.
Currently sitting in fourth place, the Webbs Wood Stadium outfit are facing six games in the following 14 days starting with a visit from Bridgwater Town tomorrow.
Webb’s men are in fine fettle going into the match as they have been unbeaten in the last four games including Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at FA Cup giant-killers Shortwood United.
But with the Southern League Division One South and West third, fourth and fifth placed sides all on 54 points, Webb knows just how tough this period is going to be.
“It is vitally important that we pick up as many points as we can so that we stay in that pack,” Webb said.
“These next games are going to shape our season, but I also think that it is slightly unfair as we have got two free midweek dates in April.
“But there is nothing that we can do about it, we just have to stay focused and not look too far ahead.”
And although Marine have a hectic schedule, Webb is hoping that a quieter April will help in the end of season party should they make the play-offs.
“Last year we were so tired when we got to the play-offs,” he said. “But hopefully we can recharge the batteries a little in April and they could help us should we reach the play-offs.
“However, we’ve got some tough games ahead, we’ve now got Tiverton Town during this next two weeks to go with games against Merthyr Town and Cirencester (Town).”
With Swindon Town youngsters Alex Ferguson and Matty Jones now on board at the Webbs Wood, Webb says that he is unlikely to bring in any more new faces.
Marine are hoping that midfielder Sam Morris will be fit before the end of the campaign after he damaged ankle ligaments during the 4-1 success over Godalming Town last month.
Webb is sweating over the fitness Ferguson and Craig Curtis after the pair picked up minor injuries in the last two games.
“Alex got a little knock to his calf during the game at Shortwood, but I’m hopeful that he will be OK,” he added.
“But Craig Curtis hurt his knee at Cinderford and I’d have to say that he is rated as 50-50 for Saturday.”
Bridgwater head to South Marston on the back of a 1-0 derby win over Somerset rivals Clevedon Town.
Prior to that success, Town have lost two out of three matches and their last victory on the road came at Wimborne Town on Boxing Day.
Elsewhere Chippenham Town manager Mark Collier is delighted to have Swindon Town young defender Aaron Oakley back at Hardenhuish Park.
The 19-year-old central defender is likely to feature during the visit of Bideford tomorrow in Southern League Premier Division.
The Bluebirds boss said: “He balances off the centre-backs really. We’ve got lots of left-footed ones, so being a right-footer helps us no-end.
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