DAVE Webb was left to bemoan poor defending once again as his Swindon Supermarine side slumped to a second successive Southern League West defeat.

Before last weekend’s 3-2 loss to leaders Taunton Town, Webb’s troops had yet to taste defeat in the league.

However, following some sloppy defending at blustery Wimborne Town, Marine have now lost two in row.

Tobias Holmes opened the scoring for the Dorset outfit in the ninth minute before Marine’s Jack Alexander turned the ball into his own in the 76th minute.

Holmes compounded the visitors’ misery three minutes from time as he bagged his second of the match.

Although the Webbswood Stadium outfit were missing several key players on Saturday and had to play against a storm force wind, Webb refused to use those things as an excuse.

“The wind was absolutely howling, it was blowing straight up the pitch,” said Webb.

“We had the advantage in the first half - if you can call it that - then in the second half, they did.

“It wasn’t great for either side, but it didn’t really have an effect on the result.

“The goals they scored were from open play, they weren’t freaky goals.

“We had the first opportunity to score and missed it. Then, within a minute, they scored.

“At 1-0 down, we have had another one-on-one situation. We missed that and within five minutes, they were 2-0 up.

“If you don’t take your chances then you are going to get punished.

“The thing that we need to eradicate now is that we are conceding goals again. We have been so good at keeping clean sheets recently.

“We had been water tight and not conceding for the first couple of months of the season.

“On Saturday, it was far too easy, the third goal was really poor defending. We are never going to achieve anything if we are going to concede goals like we have been at moment.”

Although injuries to key men like skipper Zac Westlake - who was only fit enough to sit on the bench - John Else, Ash Taylor, Josh Parsons and Aaron Woodley hurt Marine, Webb’s focus was solely on the ones that made it to Wimborne.

“I can’t use the excuse that we have got four or five players missing. The 14 players we had there are all good footballers – that should be enough,” he said.

“That should have been enough to go to Wimborne and get something.

“It could have been different if we took our chances when they came but we didn’t and got punished for errors.

“You have got to have a desire to keep the ball out of your net, if you do that you have got a chance.”