Marine boss urges side to stay focused
5:30am Wednesday 2nd April 2014 in By Michael Reeves, Deputy sports editor
SWINDON Supermarine manager Dave Webb has warned his side not to take lowly Guildford City for granted.
The Webb’s Wood Stadium outfit are looking cement their place in the top-five of Southern League Division One South and West.
And while tonight’s visitors currently sit second-from-bottom in the table, Webb knows that they will be fighting for their lives to remain in the division.
“We can’t look past Guildford - that is the message we have given the players,” Webb said. “We are looking to create a bit of gap between us and Paulton, but we have to focus on Guildford.
“We are playing a few teams in that bottom half of the table between now and the end of the season, some of them are fighting for their lives - like Guildford.
“We know that they are no mugs, they have drawn with Shortwood (United) and they have beaten Taunton (Town) at Taunton.
“We had a very good performance against North Leigh (Marine won 2-0), but that will count for nothing if we don’t follow that up against Guildford.
“We tasted defeat not so long ago and it wasn’t very nice so we have to keep our focus.”
Webb is waiting to discover if on-loan midfielder Alex Ferguson trained with parent club Swindon Town this week as he steps up his return from a medial ligament knee injury, while he is also hopeful on Curtis da Costa after he sat Saturday’s match out with a dead leg.
However, skipper Dave Bampton remains doubtful with a bad back and Craig Curtis is likely to be another week away from full fitness with his knee problem.
After playing 10 matches in March, Webb is looking forward to a less hectic April, including being able to have some free time during the week.
“It’s a bit of luxury,” Webb said. “We play tonight and then Thatcham Town on Saturday, then we have two free midweek dates.
“Depending how everyone is for this game tonight we might freshen things up, like we did on Saturday, and get some fresh legs on the pitch.”
Wootton Bassett Town will be looking to put a massive dent in Ascot United’s Hellenic League Premier Division title hopes.
Bassett entertain the third-placed side looking to go one better than their 1-1 draw with Flackwell Heath.
However, Ascot come into the match on the back of a 10-0 thrashing of basement side Abingdon Town.
Chippenham Town slumped to a 2-0 defeat at Hemel Hempstead Town in Southern League Premier Division, while Lee Smith’s first-half strike was enough for Cirencester Town to secure a 1-0 victory over fellow play-off hopefuls Paulton Rovers.
In Division One West, Malmesbury Victoria lost 4-0 to Tytherington Rocks.