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SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Weather leaves Webb playing catch up
SUPERMARINE manager Dave Webb admits he is concerned that bad weather could harm his side’s Division One South & West promotion charge.
The South Marston outfit have had their last three league games postponed - Paulton, Merthyr and North Leigh - and are nine points behind league leaders Hungerford with six games in hand.
Although Marine are well-placed in third and on a run of 11 consecutive wins, Webb says that if rain continues to play havoc with his team’s fixture list, then their form could dip.
“Hopefully January will be better than December because it’s becoming a concern to me,” he said.
“We’re still in a great position in third but we’re playing catch-up, and ultimately we know we’re going to get injuries.
“It’s not going to be easy because we don’t have the luxury of having a big squad.
“Hopefully we won’t have a situation like when I was manager at Highworth when we were playing four games a week.
“There’s just no way you can do it and when you’re playing against decent sides it’s not an ideal scenario.
“Saturday and midweek is manageable but it’s when you go over and above that.”
Marine are scheduled to welcome Abingdon to the Webb’s Wood Stadium tomorrow, a side they comfortably beat 3-1 back in August.
Although Webb might consider the Oxfordshire side a stronger proposition these days, he believes his players have the weaponry to cope.
“A lot has changed at Abingdon since we played them last. They have signed some new players and will be a lot stronger,” he said.
“But we have to be confident with the amount of wins we have had recently.”
Elsewhere in the division, Cirencester loanee Leigh Henry will be hoping he can pick up where he left off after making his debut in the 0-0 draw at Shortwood on Boxing Day.
The Centurions had previously let in 12 goals in three games but the arrival of the ex-Marine centre-back from Maidenhead had an immediate impact.
Henry, on an initial one-month deal, is expected to feature once more at North Leigh tomorrow.
In the Southern Premier, Chippenham will go after their second win of December when they travel to promotion-chasing Cambridge.
The Bluebirds, who have made a seven-day approach for a new full-back, are set to send their response on the fracas at St Neots on December 15 to the FA, after receiving the report of referee Matthew Rushton.
It is understood Chippenham will deliver a written reply and submit video evidence, which was also sent to St Neots, some of which contradicts the report’s account.