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SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Time for Marine to show some character
DAVE Webb has insisted he has no doubts over the strength of character in his squad as Supermarine look to bounce back against Godalming Town this weekend.
The Webb’s Wood Stadium club lost 1-0 away at Mangotsfield last weekend despite putting in a good performance, and Webb is now seeking a reaction.
With no midweek game the Marine players have only trained once in the lead up to the match in Surrey, but despite the relaxed week Webb is sure he will get the response he’s after.
“We had a good session on Wednesday after giving the players Tuesday night off, and we worked on some stuff going into the weekend,” he said.
“We only gave them one session this week but it’s been a pretty intense start to the season and we’ve played a few more games than some of the teams in and around.
“Obviously we weren’t pleased with the result last weekend although the performance was good, and now we need to show some character and bounce back like we always have done in the past.
“If we can play how we did last weekend and take our chances then I know we can take the three points we need, but the character of the players is not in doubt and the quality of the squad is good and they don’t like losing and don’t accept it.
“We’ve talked about it all and we know we should have taken something from the game, and I’m expecting a reaction from the players.”
Godalming have moved over to South & West having played last season in the Central division, and even though they are a side Webb is not familiar with the Marine boss is expecting a win.
“They’re a team we haven’t come across before after they came over from the Central last season, and we have to make sure we treat them with respect and get the win we need,” he said.
“We’ve played a couple of teams who have come into the division and they’re all strong and it won’t be an easy game, but it’s one we have to try and win.
“We have no midweek game again next week so this is one we have to win really.”
“Things are slightly improved because we have Jon Steedman back but Craig Curtis is highly unlikely to be fit, and although it’s slightly better than it was last week Jake Johns went in there and did well so we will be fine.”
Midfielder Chris Taylor will make his second start for the club since returning from Hungerford and Webb is pleased to have a player of his quality at his disposal once again.
“He’s a quality player and nothing’s really changed since he left us, and last year I thought he was the best midfielder in the division,” he said.
“He showed his quality last weekend and we’re really pleased to have him back, but we have to make sure we kick on and get the points that we need now he’s back.
“Chris has a great attitude and always gives his best, and he certainly makes us better.”
Defender Jon Steedman and midfielder Rob Dean are set to return from injury and suspension respectively, although Craig Curtis and Ash Edenborough are doubtful.
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