SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Supermarine boss threatens to axe players
DAVE Webb has warned his players that he is starting to seriously consider personnel changes after Supermarine crashed out of the FA Trophy on Saturday.
Marine were thumped 4-0 by bitter rivals Chippenham in the second qualifying round at Hardenhuish Park, seven days after a disappointing performance in the 3-2 Division One South & West loss at Taunton.
And boss Webb warned that while his belief in the ability of his players remained undimmed, his patience was starting to wear thin.
“We need to start getting more competitive,” he said.
“We have to be better than we were today and that’s not an idle threat, if players aren’t performing then as a manager I need to make changes.
“I’ll back them all the way, but they have to give more.
“There’s nothing nice about losing and as a manager I have to try and stop that.
“The lads that are here have the opportunity to do something about it, they aren’t bad players.
“We’re out all of the FA competitions (FA Trophy and FA Cup), and now we have to go back to our own league and show we’re good enough.”
It was a thoroughly miserable afternoon for Marine at their higher-division neighbours on Saturday, which started badly and did not improve.
Just four minutes in Dean Griffiths provided the left-wing cross that ex-Marine striker Alan Griffin nodded over the powerless Kent Kauppinen.
Recent Chippenham signing Tyrone Mings, son of former boss Adie, had a header cleared off the line by Dave Bampton, before Iain Harvey survived handball shouts in his own box.
Griffin sent Griffiths clear with a flick-on after 24 minutes, allowing the ex-Frome striker to send the ball sailing over Kauppinen and into the net.
The game was effectively over as a contest shortly after the break. Scott Lye delivered a corner that Griffin headed into the dangerzone, and strike partner Griffiths nodded in his second from point-blank range.
Substitute Josh Egan quickly got into the action after replacing Scott Rogers, as he sent in a teasing cross from the right and Griffin poked home his second.
To compound a dismal 90 minutes, Marine front man TJ Bohane was shown a second yellow card three minutes from the end, after a late challenge on Tyrone Mings.
Webb continued: “We got off to the worst possible start when we conceded a goal early on, and what we worked on all week was undone in the first five minutes. You can’t give good teams starts.
“The second goal I thought we should have defended better, but that’s the difference. Players at this level are clinical, they don’t miss, and Alan Griffin and Dean Griffiths finished well.
“We had a couple of good opportunities to score in the first half and if we had gone in at half time at 2-1, we’d have had a shot. But once we conceded the third goal it was over.
“I’m bitterly disappointed. We haven’t played anywhere near the level I would expect.
“We played with three forwards and I don’t think any of those had a shot on target in the game, and we should have caused them more problems than that.”
Cirencester were without a fixture in league or cup this weekend.