SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Webb may have to start again at Marine after player exits (From Swindon Advertiser)
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SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Webb may have to start again at Marine after player exits
SWINDON Supermarine boss Dave Webb admits it will be tricky to recover from the blow of losing four players in a fortnight, but insists the Southern League club must 'move on' as swiftly as possible.
Two weeks ago Webb lost the services of experienced left-back Danny Allen to retirement, while on Tuesday top scorer Kayden Jackson was recalled by Swindon Town before being sent out on loan to Conference North Oxford City.
Midfielder Harry Etheridge joined Richie Bourne's Thatcham revolution on Thursday and forward Ben Whitehead looked set to complete a switch to Didcot yesterday.
Webb, who has been on holiday in the York area this week, admitted Marine had undergone a difficult few days.
He said: "Unfortunately one of the negatives of having a loan player is that they could leave, and I've lost another forward (Whitehead) on the back of it. He decided enough was enough and he wasn't going to stay any more.
"Harry has spoken to Bourney and he has guaranteed him first-team football so I can't blame him for going.
"It happens. You lose Danny Allen and then three other players who are in and around the starting 11. That's a third of your team gone and now I've got to try and replace those players, but it isn't easy.
"That's football, you have to move on. Sometimes you have to start again and maybe that's what we'll have to do."
Webb also has problems regarding his existing playing staff after being informed by assistant Lee Spalding that some players were missing from Thursday's training session.
The boss was angered by the news and is now planning showdown talks with certain squad members to find out whether their commitment to the cause is sufficient.
"I need to talk to the group (today) and assess where we are," said Webb.
"There were people missing training again (on Thursday) and I need to make sure players are fully-focused on the way I want Supermarine run.
"We've only trained once this week and to have people missing is disappointing.
"I need to speak to the individuals and find out whether they are committed to being at Supermarine. If you don't want to train then you are at the wrong club."
Etheridge's exit ended a two-and-a-half year association with Marine and despite largely having been a squad player, he was nonetheless a popular figure in the dressing room.
The 25-yearold spent a brief period on loan at Hellenic Premier Shrivenham earlier this season before returning to his primary club, starting the three most recent games.
Whitehead joined Marine from Abingdon United in January and has scored five goals in 10 appearances this term.
His departure could mean that Luke Abrahart is the only fit striker available for this afternoon's Division One South & West clash with Yate, as Ash Edenborough has been struggling with a back problem.
Depending on how the situation develops, Webb could be tempted to recall one or both of dual-registered duo Josh Fowler or Gio Wrona from Shrivenham and Devizes respectively.
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