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SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Comeback proved Marine's character
SUPERMARINE boss Dave Webb is convinced the character and togetherness his squad showed in their 4-3 victory over North Leigh on Wednesday will play a vital role in their quest for promotion from Division One South & West.
The South Marston club found themselves 3-1 down and a man down following Danny Allen’s red card on 65 minutes, but goals from Craig Curtis and Ben Whitehead pulled the Swindon side level before Harry Etheridge popped up with a dramatic winner two minutes from time.
Marine are back at the Webb’s Wood Stadium tomorrow for a home clash with Evesham, and Webb knows his spirited squad may well need to dig deep once again as they bid for an instant return to the Southern Premier.
“It was baffling to be able to play well for half an hour, go 3-1 down after taking the lead, have a man sent off, and then within 20 minutes win 4-3 against a very good side,” he said.
“What it does show is great character and great togetherness, and the lads were buzzing in the changing room afterwards. If you could bottle that you would be a rich man, because you can’t just put that in to teams when you want.
“That will stand us in good stead for the rest of the season because we are probably going to need to dig that deep again if we are going to go up.
“You look around for character and for people to show something, and they have, and that will help us I’m sure.”
Whitehead and Etheridge both came off the bench to rescue Marine on Wednesday, and Webb admitted the pair are pushing for a start against the Worcestershire side.
“Both of them came on and both scored, and it is amazing to see two subs come on and do that,” he said “They brought us energy and got us going, and you have to say they are pushing for a start, every player in our squad is.
“Every player is capable of starting for us, and it’s not a way of me trying to keep players happy it is a fact because they can all make a difference.
“Harry is a great player to have at the football club and shows great commitment and never misses a training session, and he is always ready to contribute.
“With 21 games to play we have got to use everybody we have got, because it really is a squad game.”
Just like North Leigh in midweek, Webb believes 13th-placed Evesham are in something of a false position in table and expects a tough test tomorrow afternoon.
“Evesham are an ambitious football club going in the right direction, and they have a great ground, a great manager and some great players,” he said.
“They are adding to their squad all the time with some quality, and they have brought some in since we went there and won earlier in the season.
“It will be a tough game, I have no doubt, but we need to win the tough games if we are going to go up.”
Elsewhere in the division, Cirencester are at home to Sholing as they aim to revitalise their play-off push.
Chippenham will target for their first win in the Southern Premier since December 1 when they welcome Redditch to Hardenhuish Park.