SUPERMARINE endured another postponement on Saturday, but there was no respite for the players ahead of the New Year’s Day derby at Cirencester.
Now without a game in two weeks, and carrying the effects of the Christmas turkey, the Webb’s Wood boys were put through their paces during the two hours previously reserved for Abingdon’s rained-off visit.
It was a cruel-to-be-kind gesture from manager Dave Webb.
“We had a good couple of hours of training, the lads really put it in and we’re ready to go,” said the Marine boss.
“We gave them a really good blow on Saturday and one or two of them were struggling, but they needed it and I can guarantee they will be feeling better for it today. No one likes putting in that kind of leg work but it’s got to be done.
“We’re very hopeful the Ciren game will go ahead. Their pitch is generally quite nice but a lot depends on how much rain we get between now and then.
“Our last four or five games have been postponed now so we’re desperate to play.
“We’re very conscious of the position we’re in, in terms of how many games we’ve still got to play compared to the teams around us.”
The two sides drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture in August, but Marine have really hit their stride since then and make the trip on the back of a 10-game winning streak in Division One South & West of the Southern League.
“The first game with Cirencester was intense as you’d expect,” added Webb.
“There were a few nice challenges going in but we’re on an exceptional run so we’re keen to continue that regardless of who we play.”
Ciren also had Saturday’s trip to North Leigh postponed, likewise Chippenham’s jaunt to Cambridge in the Premier Division.
The Bluebirds welcome Frome, and former manager Darren Perrin, to Hardenhuish Park tomorrow.