SWINDON Supermarine boss Dave Webb is not downplaying the significance of Saturday’s FA Cup preliminary round tie with Northwood as he seeks the victory that will really kick the Webbswood Stadium side’s season into gear.

Back-to-back draws with Cinderford Town and North Leigh in the Southern League West Division have made it a solid if unspectacular opening week for Marine and as well as the inevitable financial benefits of a good cup run, Webb believes tomorrow’s match is an important one for the development of his side.

“It’s massive for the club,’’ said Webb. “It’s good if you can progress through as many rounds as possible but it’s a big game because we know that there is a lot more to come from this group of players.

“The positive thing for me is that we’re unbeaten but we’ve not reached the same levels as we showed in pre-season.

“We’ve added some real quality during the summer and they will get better and getting that valuable first win is something that every manager, player, chairman and supporter wants.”

Northwood have a draw and defeat from their opening two league matches and Webb added: “They’re a young side but so are we so it will be interesting to see how that plays out.’’ Marine have injury concerns over Ryan Morgan and Josh Parsons, while Zak Westlake was ill in midweek.

Meanwhile, Highworth Town boss Jeff Roberts is happy to use all the considerable weapons at his disposal as the Hellenic League Premier Division team go hunting a cup upset at home to Southern League South side Marlow on Sunday.

Town are unbeaten in their five competitive matches to date this season and have also banged in 19 goals in those encounters, Jake Slocombe notching a hat-trick in Tuesday’s thumping 4-0 league success at Tuffley Rovers.

Striker Ashley Edenborough may miss the clash after injuring a hamstring, but Aysa Corrick comes back into the fray, while Roberts was also pleased by Callum Parsons’ performance in midweek.

“We brought in about 10 more players over the summer so this year we have the ability to rotate things a little bit,’’ said Roberts.

“Callum Parsons was back to where I thought he was going to be on Tuesday night and we’ve also got Aysa Corrick back and he’s a menace to defences.

“Jake also came in and scored his goals at Tuffley so he proved his point.’’ Roberts had Marlow watched this week, describing Sunday’s visitors as “ruthless’’ but added: “It’s all on the day and about how we deal with it.

“It’s nice to go forward in the cup as much as your can, but we don’t make any secret that the league is the priority for us this season.

“Our ambition is that we want to push on.

“We’ve been scoring lots of goals, but we’ve been leaking them too so that’s something we need to seal with.

Elsewhere, Royal Wootton Bassett Town are without a win to their name in the Hellenic Premier Division and will seek their first home points by entertaining Windsor tomorrow.

In Division One West, Shrivenham were beaten first time out last weekend as they went down 2-0 at Clanfield 85 but Michael McNally’s men make their home bow against Easington Sports.

New College are without a game this weekend.