SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Mistakes prove costly for Supermarine
BOSS Dave Webb says Swindon Supermarine must tighten up at the back after admitting that ‘poor goals’ saw his side slip to a 2-1 defeat at home to Tiverton.
Despite taking the lead through Mani Randhawa’s spectacular bicycle kick shortly after half-time, rearguard mistakes allowed Matt Wright and Tom Gardner to give the visitors the points.
“We are always a threat in an attacking sense but we’re conceding too many,” said Webb.
“We’ve got to go back to trying to get some clean sheets because the two goals we gave away were poor goals.
“We can’t concede two goals in a game and expect to win. I think the theme this week will be trying to stop the ball in our net.
“I don’t think there was anything wrong with the shape (Marine played a back three). It was just the errors we were making.
“The first goal was scored a minute after we went ahead when we tried to be a bit fancy and gave away a corner from which they scored, and the second goal was just a free header.
“For both sides a draw would have been a fair result. We played some good stuff at times, but our final ball or set piece delivery were not at the level they normally are.
“People coming to watch us might think we play some nice football, but it’s a results business and we’ve got to get back to getting some wins. I’d be over the moon with a couple of 1-0s.”
Webb also paid tribute to Randhawa for his superb opener and performance, after the defender slotted into a makeshift back three imposed on Marine due to injuries sustained by Dave Bampton and Craig Curtis.
“Mani played really well,” said Webb. “Who says centre-halves can’t score spectacular goals? It was a great goal for a centre-half.
“He is a superb lad and has all the attributes, he just needs to get his fitness back up to where it was 12 months ago and he will be flying again.
“When Bamps and Craig come back we’ll have five to choose from and maybe we will look to bring in another defender as well for a bit of competition.”
Chances were at a premium in the first half although Swindon Town loanee Kayden Jackson - off the back of joining Marine for a third straight month-long loan spell - went close early on.
Rob Dean headed into the chest of Tiverton keeper Lloyd Irish from a corner, but it was the away side that were closest to scoring when Wright’s header was headed off the line by Harry Etheridge.
Randhawa got Marine off and running with a stunning overhead kick that flew into the corner, with Tivvy’s protests that Ash Edenborough had handled in the build-up ignored by referee Chris Smith.
However, keeper Kent Kauppinen spilled a shot moments later which allowed Wright to equalise and the visitors then went in front for the first time with nine minutes remaining.
Marine gave away a cheap corner and the delivery was headed in by Gardner as he secured three points for the visitors.
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