HE MIGHT be the ‘world’s worst loser’ but Dave Webb had nothing but praise for his Supermarine side after they lost 1-0 at Division One South & West leaders Hungerford.
The only goal of the game came after 11 minutes when a weak back-pass from Jon Steadman was seized upon by Ben Pugh and he coolly fired home.
Ash Edenborough - surprisingly in the side after coming through a late fitness test - had a glorious chance to level soon after but headed straight at the keeper from all of two yards.
That was how the score line stayed until the final whistle, despite Marine looking threatening for much of the game.
Boss Webb believes his players deserved a pat on the back for their efforts at Bulpit Lane, in spite of the final result.
He said: “We went there and played probably some of the best football we’ve played this season.
“They are top of the league but we played some fantastic football and dictated the way the game went.
“We gave away a poor goal but had enough opportunities to score ourselves.
“Normally I’m the world’s worst loser but I’m nothing but pleased and proud with the way we played.
“The only criticism I can have over the last three games is that maybe we haven’t been clinical enough.
“Maybe we have just lost that little bit of edge that Josh (Parsons) and Ash have had.
“That’s the difference between winning and losing sometimes, but we’ve played a lot worse and won.
“Hungerford and Poole have got a bit of a gap at the top of the table now, Merthyr are right up there and Paulton are on a good run, so we need to make sure we bounce back.
“(The play-offs) are our target now, forget about what we’re chasing, we’ve got to make sure we pick up points in as many games as we can.
The boss added: “I’d like to thank so many supporters for coming over to Hungerford and getting behind us.
“Hungerford don’t usually get massive crowds but the atmosphere was terrific on Saturday and the support is much-appreciated.”
Webb also revealed that striker and midfielder Jordan Roberts will be primarily a Supermarine player for the rest of the campaign, despite still being registered with Calne.
“Jordan Roberts has committed himself to the club for the rest of the season and he was terrific today,” added Webb.
Elsewhere in the division, Sam Collier scored either side of the break as Cirencester took a point against Cinderford.
The visitors took an early lead courtesy of Lewis Sommers before Collier levelled things up minutes before the break.
The former Wootton Bassett striker put Cirencester in front seven minutes after the interval, but before the game had reached the hour mark, Sommers had equalised.
That was how it stayed until the final whistle and Brian Hughes’ side are now without a win in eight league games.
- CHIPPENHAM are the Southern Premier’s draw specialists after they played out a fifth successive stalemate.
The Bluebirds created the better of the chances but couldn’t find a way past in-form Gosport Borough as the teams drew 0-0 at Hardenhuish Park.
Chippenham threatened first when Toby Osman’s long-range effort was tipped over by Nathan Ashmore.
With 31 minutes on the clock, the Bluebirds were up in arms when Jamie Brown scythed down stopper Ben John and was subsequently booked.
At the other end, Dean Griffiths headed wide from Jim Rollo’s clever cross while ex-Supermarine front man Alan Griffin also nodded off-target.
Ten minutes after the resumption, John was alert to claw away a well-struck effort from Bennett.
The Bluebirds custodian then looked on as Daniel Smith’s deflected effort from outside the box flew harmlessly wide.
John had to be at his best once more to keep Bennett out, while sub Luke Ballinger nearly won it for Chippenham late on, jinking past several challenges before directing wide.