SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Marine wait on duo prior to Ciren trip
5:30am Tuesday 18th March 2014 in By Michael Reeves, Deputy sports editor
SWINDON Supermarine could go into tonight’s big derby clash at Cirencester Town without their captain and one of their in-form strikers.
Skipper Dave Bampton twisted his ankle during the 2-0 victory over Bridgwater Town on Saturday, while Josh Parsons missed that match after injuring his thigh during the warm-up.
The Webbs Wood Stadium side manager Dave Webb says that he will leave any decision on the pair until the last minute.
“To go into a derby match as big as this without your skipper and one of the strikers who is in great form is not ideal preparation,” Webb said.
“But I think about the other games coming up too. I could play them against Cirencester and then they could miss five or six matches.
“So we’ll assess them before the game before we make any decisions.”
With Supermarine looking to further strengthen their place in the play-off places in Southern League Division One South and West, the South Marston side will have to breach one of the tightest defences in the league.
The Centurions have conceded 35 goals in 30 matches and three of those came against league leaders Merthyr Town.
“Part of Ciren’s success this season is that their back four and goalkeeper have been very strong,” Webb said.
“I know that they conceded three at Merthyr, but no other side has done that to them.
“As well as being tight at the back they have been free scoring too.
“I would say they, along with Merthyr, are nailed on for at least the play-offs. There are three other place places up for grabs and we want one of them.”