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SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Kyle makes a case for the defence
KYLE Lapham feels the less seasoned members of Swindon Supermarine’s first-choice back five have taken their games to another level in the early stages of the Division One South & West season.
While right-back Lapham has seen many a campaign at Marine alongside fellow defenders Danny Allen and Dave Bampton, centre-half Craig Curtis and keeper Kent Kauppinen are still slightly behind in terms of Southern League experience.
But Lapham, doubtful for tomorrow’s visit to Paulton with an ankle knock, feels that Curtis and Kauppinen are improving fast and have a big part to play in Marine’s defensive solidity in 2013/14.
“Craig has experience of the league from last year and he’s stepped up again. He hasn’t looked out of place at all,” said Lapham.
“It’s only two games in but he’s been looking powerful and that’s true of Kent (Kauppinen) in goal as well, he hasn’t got too much experience but he’s a quality goalkeeper.
“One of the things we’ve been told and have been working on is not conceding as many goals.
“We were disappointed to concede a consolation on Tuesday night (at Didcot) because although it was gone 90 minutes, it was something against the record.”
Lapham was due to have his ankle knock assessed at training last night ahead of the trip to Winterfield Road, while striker Luke Abrahart (ankle) was poised to undergo a fitness test.
Mani Randhawa is still sidelined (pelvis) and while Harry Etheridge has completed his suspension, Jordan Roberts has one more game to serve.
Rochdale trialist Aaron Ferris is still away and Sam Brown and Eddie Stevens are on holiday.
Marine boss Dave Webb has been impressed with Paulton’s league results so far after the Somerset outfit beat Godalming 5-0 and Tiverton 4-0.
“Paulton are a very good side with some experienced ex-Southern Premier players in their team,” said Webb.
“They have started brilliantly with nine goals in two games and none against, and it’s a very difficult place to go.
“Something’s got to give, someone’s 100 per cent record is going to go, but these are the games you look forward to and it’s going to be a test for us.”
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