SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Marine boss has a defensive dilemma
SWINDON Supermarine boss Dave Webb admits he may be forced to take a selection risk as his rearguard problems continue.
Marine could be without right-back Kyle Lapham (ankle) for tonight’s Southern League Division One South & West trip to Taunton while left-back Danny Allen is unavailable.
Craig Curtis could be in line for a return to the side following a six-game lay-off due to a groin problem, but Webb is reluctant to rush the central defender back.
However, were Curtis to start then that would allow Jon Steedman to shift to left-back to cover Allen’s absence, while Sam Morris or Sam Brown could slot in for Lapham at right-back.
Mani Randhawa is another defensive option after he played for Westbury in their 5-1 Western League win over Chippenham Park on Saturday, following his return from a long-term pelvis injury.
“We’re going to be a couple of defenders down from the ones that started on Saturday, so that’s a concern,” said Webb.
“It’s a risk to play Craig or Mani having not played for so long, but that might be a risk that we have to take.
“Neither of them have had any football and you want to get them involved, but you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.
“It would be great to get Craig back involved and if he comes through tomorrow then he should be fully fit and ready for Saturday (at Evesham).
“He came through a rigorous pre-match session with Gerry (McKay, physio) on Saturday so he could be involved, but ideally we’d look to leave it a few more days.
“I suppose the greater risk is with Mani as he’s been out a lot longer.”
Wide man Aaron Ferris is missing this evening due to family commitments but Ash Edenborough (back) will hope to be involved.
Marine defeated Taunton 3-0 in the FA Trophy on Saturday and Webb admits an immediate return clash was probably not high on either side’s wish list.
“It’s not ideal. I don’t suppose any of us really want it having played each other a couple of days before,” he said.
“It’s always difficult to go away from home, especially on a Tuesday night, but it’s all about preparation.
“You have to commit yourself at this level and these are the sort of trips that get you higher in the table and win you things.
“I’ve got great confidence in my players that we can get a good result.”
Elsewhere this evening, Chippenham make the trip to Bideford in the Southern Premier while Cirencester host Didcot in an FA Trophy preliminary round replay.
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