SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Marine show play-off form in North Leigh win
SWINDON Supermarine manager Dave Webb believes that this year’s race for the play-offs in Southern League Division One South and West will go down to the wire.
The Webbs Woods Stadium side enhanced their chances of making the top five with a 2-0 victory over North Leigh courtesy of a brace from in-form striker Josh Parsons.
Yet, despite this victory, Webb believes that his team will need to win four of their remaining six matches if they are to take part in the end of season party.
“It was a really pleasing performance and brings to an end a very hectic March,” he said.
“We’ve played 10 matches this month, we have won seven, drawn one and lost twice – that is play-off form.
“But we have to make sure that we keep that going throughout April as this league is very tight.
“We still have a lot to do, we just need to make sure that we take care of ourselves and hopefully that will be enough.”
Supermarine opened the scoring five minutes before the interval when Danny Hilder broke down the left wing before picking out Bradley Gray. He flicked the ball on to Parsons and he calmly finished.
The hosts had to wait until the 76th minute before they made the game safe when Gray pulled the ball back for Parsons to net.
“That second goal was a very good finish,” Webb said. “Josh got in behind the last two men of North Leigh and kept himself over the ball to put in the net – he could have easily skied it.
“But we now have two strikers in Josh and Ash Edenborough who have got 40 goals between them and that is very pleasing.”
Webb was forced to reshuffle his side before the game against North Leigh with skipper Dave Bampton failing a fitness test due to a back problem, while Curtis de Costa also missed out with a dead leg.
“We played a back three against North Leigh and along with (keeper) Sam Warrell they were very good,” Webb said.
“We have no problems scoring goals and having conceded a couple in the last few games it was nice to get a clean sheet.
“We are going to need that this month, because there are some tough games coming up.
“I know that Shortwood, Paulton and Mangotsfield are drifting away a little, but it is still extremely tight.
“It is an exciting finish to the season. Last year we were a little more cemented into the play-off places wondering whether we’d finish second, third, fourth or fifth.
“This year, it is going to the end of the season.”
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