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SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Webb wary as new boys Stratford visit Marine
SWINDON Supermarine boss Dave Webb believes his side will be given a thorough test despite not knowing what to expect when they host Stratford Town for the first time in their history this evening.
The Warwickshire side have made the step up to Southern League football after winning the Midland Alliance last season, and have coped well since winning promotion having only lost one of their opening four games.
Tonight’s clash in South Marston will be the first time the two teams have met in a competitive fixture and Webb knows his side can’t take things easy as they look to extend their unbeaten start to the season.
“This is the first time the clubs have met and they did fantastically well last year to win the Midland Alliance,” he said.
“They look to have a good setup and a decent stadium from what I have seen and from what I’ve been able to pick up they are a decent side as well.
“It will be an interesting game for sure because neither team will know much about each other but we’ve both made good starts so it should be a good game.
“They had the same disappointment on Saturday as we did because both teams got beaten in the FA Cup so we will both be looking to bounce back with a good performance.
“We were disappointed with our result although it was against a good Winchester side, but I think that team could hold their own in our league so it will be interesting to see how they get on.
“Our start has been good and we’re four unbeaten so we will be looking to keep that going in this game before another big test when we play Merthyr on Saturday.”
After Saturday’s disappointing 3-0 FA Cup loss to Winchester the Marine players trained together on Monday night and Webb is hoping they got the defeat firmly out of their system.
“We got everyone in on Monday and did a little bit just to try and get everything out of us because it’s so unusual for so many of the players to have a bad day all at the same time.
“You can’t get away with it at any level and we had too many players who weren’t anywhere near their level which is why we got beaten.
“We’ll not be underestimating them because it takes a lot to win a league and you have to have something about you.
“They are used to winning games and not losing them, and although they’ve stepped up a level they still keep winning.
“I’m sure they’re more than capable of holding their own in our league and this will be a tough game.”
Virus victims Luke Abrahart and Josh Morse both trained on Monday and should be involved.
Swindon Town loanee Kayden Jackson has a dead leg but hopes to be fit to play.
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