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SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Marine manager wants winning comeback
SWINDON Supermarine boss Dave Webb has called on his side to show their bouncebackability when they entertain Fleet in the Southern League tomorrow.
Marine were knocked off the top of Division One South & West following a 3-1 defeat to Merthyr on Saturday, but have an opportunity to get back on track at the Webb’s Wood Stadium.
The resilience of the South Marston side was a characteristic of their fourth-placed finish in 2012/13 and Webb has urged his troops to continue in that vein.
“We were very good at bouncing back after defeat last year and it’s important we get back to winning ways and quickly,” said Webb.
“It’s all about character and belief. Winning and losing can both become habits and you need to react to both in the right way.
“We weren’t that bad last weekend, the overall performance wasn’t the worst we’ve been. In general we’ve had a really good start and the players have been terrific.”
Webb is waiting on the fitness of Craig Curtis (groin) while central midfielder Harry Etheridge is on holiday and Eddie Stevens is rated 50-50.
Rob Dean begins a three-game suspension and his spot in the middle of the park is up for grabs if Marine decide to stick with a 4-4-2.
“We have a decision to make in terms of who plays and which way we decide to play,” said Webb.
“It’s a difficult one because Rob Dean has been terrific this season and he will be missed.
“But that’s why we’ve got the players at the club that we do, so they can come in and show what they can do.
“We have to think who will fit that space best and hopefully we get that right.”
Meanwhile, Chippenham chairman Neil Blackmore has confirmed that the club will name Nathan Rudge’s successor as manager a week today.
The board of directors have drawn up a shortlist of candidates with caretaker boss Steve Winter and ex-Supermarine manager Mark Collier having declared their interest in the role.
“I don’t want it to drag on any longer so the deadline for our final decision is next Friday,” said Blackmore.
“I think it’s about time that we decide on who’s going to be the next manager and move forward.”
Elsewhere, utility man Toby Osman has departed Hardenhuish Park for Yate and the Bluebirds have failed in a bid to bring Clevedon defender Sam Teale to Wiltshire.
However, full-back Stuart Tovey has joined from Paulton and should play a part in the FA Cup first qualifying round tie at Yate tomorrow.
Cirencester are also in action in the FA Cup as they make the journey to higher-division Banbury.
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