SUPERMARINE boss Dave Webb does not understand the Red Insure Cup’s detractors and says he is taking the competition seriously.

Southern League sides have traditionally made plenty of changes for the competition, generally perceived to be the poorer cousin of both the league and FA competitions.

But ahead of tonight’s first-round meeting with Shortwood, Webb says the Red Insure Cup can provide a value measuring stick for a team’s progress.

“I can’t quite understand that (negative attitude), to be honest, from my perspective it’s a competition you can’t discourage,” he said.

“We didn’t do well in the FA Trophy or the FA Cup, so I’d be quite happy to do well in this “I don’t think we’re in a position where we can pick or choose what games we win or lose.

“We might make a couple of changes but I want it done properly. In your own league cup, why wouldn’t you want to do well?

“Some people might not want Cambridge away on a Tuesday night - well, I do. How do you gauge your progress otherwise?”

Striker Ash Edenborough is unavailable this evening’s game but front man TJ Bohane and winger Matty Horsell come back in.

Dave Bampton, Danny Allen and Dan Wallington are still suspended so can play no part.

Elsewhere, Cirencester are in action in the same competition, with their opponents being Frome at Badgers Hill.